Archive for category International Standards & Norms
28 September 2012, Paris The ICC World Chambers Federation (WCF) has officially launched its International Certificates of Origin (CO) Chain. The implementation of the ICC WCF International Certificates of Origin Accreditation Chain aims to harmonize CO certification standards and processes, to the benefit of chambers of commerce, traders and customs administrations. For further information kindly check here.
27 September 2012, Beijing The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) released a revised Framework for Responsible Food and Beverage Marketing Communications. The publication presents a standard, uniformed approach to encourage responsible food and beverage communication and it is relevant self-regulatory tool at a time when pressure on industry is increasing. Download the ICC Framework for Responsible Food and Beverage Marketing Communications. Read more about the Consolidated ICC Code of Advertising and Marketing Communications.
14 June 2012, Geneva Uruguay is the first country to ratify ILO’s standard-setting Convention on Domestic Workers adopted one year ago. The ILC’s Convention aims to improve the working conditions of worldwide domestic workers. More here.
24 May 2012 The new ISO’s standards, ISO/IEC 17020 & ISO/IEC TS 17022, were developed by the ISO Committee on conformity assessment (ISO/CASCO). ISO/IEC 17020:2012, Requirements for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection – gives requirements for inspection bodies. ISO/IEC TS 17022:2012, Requirements and recommendations for content of a third-party audit report on management systems – contains requirements and recommendations for the content of an audit report of a third-party management system certification (like ISO 9001 or ISO 14001). More here.
The European Union and the United States announced that beginning June 1, 2012, organic products certified in Europe or in the United States may be sold as organic in both markets. Formal letters creating this partnership were signed on 15 February 2012 in Nuremberg, Germany. This agreement will benefit the organic farmers and food producers, this will mean easier access, with less bureaucracy and less costs, and the improver transparency on organic standards in each U.S. and E.U. region. The partnership will open new market opportunities and will create more opportunities for small businesses. The agreement will eliminates significant barriers, as double certifications to two standards as now. The products traded under the partnership must be shipped with an organic export certificate. The European Commission’s Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Organic Program will both have oversight functions.
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published on February 13th the first EU Classification and Labelling Inventory for hazardous substances and mixtures. The CLP Regulation (for “Classification, Labelling and Packaging”) aligns the European Union system of classification, labelling and packaging chemical substances and mixtures to the Globally Harmonised System (GHS). The main objective of the CLP Regulation is to protect human health and the environment, it also facilitate the functioning of the trade market.
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), ISO/IEC JTC, published a new brochure providing a overview about the benefices of information and communication technologies (ICT) standards. The 24-page brochure is entitled “The force multiplier for ICT innovation – ISO/IEC JTC 1 Joint Technical Committee 1, Information technology, standards” and it explains how ICT standards can brings innovative solutions and best practice in all sectors of economy activity (business, industry, administration, education etc). The application of information and communication technologies (ICT) pervade a large range of benefices: standardization, security, more choice and reduced costs, economies of scale for companies, greater consumer confidence in products or services. The brochure can be downloaded as a PDF file free of charge from the ISO Website.
On 10 January 2012, the five-agency programme adopt a new medium-term strategy for 2012-16 in regard to help developing countries meet international standards on food safety and animal and plant health. The Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) was set up by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), World Bank, World Health Organization (WHO) and World Trade Organization (WTO), and is run by the five partners together with donor countries and representatives of developing countries. Since it was set up in 2002, the STDF has supported 47 projects and 48 project-preparation grants benefiting 54 developing countries. The current voluntary donors countries are Canada, Denmark, EU, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Chinese Taipei, US.