3 October 2012
The ISO published the new versions of the below International Standards which provide harmonized and effective best practice for certification bodies and auditors around the world:
– ISO/IEC 17065:2012, Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services– ISO/IEC TS 17021-2:2012, Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems – Part 2: Competence requirements for auditing and certification of environmental management systems
For further information please check here.
The United Nations Commission for Europe (UNECE), with the support of its UN Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT), develop the Trade Facilitation Implementation Guide (TFIG) which is very utile for who are working in advocacy in the trade facilitation domain.
The guide gives an overview of governmental organisations that work in the field of trade facilitation, either through setting rules and standards, providing technical assistance, or by doing research.
More information is available here.
2 October 2012
The new ISO standard 13153:2012 gives a framework for building designers in order to achieve greater energy efficiency and to reduce energy consumption in buildings – including climate control, appliances, lighting and other installed equipment.
ISO 13153:2012, Framework of the design process for energy-saving single-family residential and small commercial buildings is available here.
* Liechtenstein & Germany – Tax Data Exchange
Liechtenstein and Germany are currently considering the idea of concluding a withholding tax agreement with an automatic exchange of tax information.
For more information please follow the link.
* New Rules in the EU Standardisation System
The European Union (EU) prepare a new regulation modernising the EU Standardisation system and will also be better plugged into the international standardisation system.
The new rules enter into force on 1 January 2013 and will apply directly in all member states.
Kindly check here.
* Equasis 2011 Annual Report published
“The world merchant fleet in 2011” has been published and is available for download.
Equasis is database containing safety-related information on the world’s merchant fleet from both public and private sources.
* New ISO standard for eco-efficiency assessment
13 September 2012
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published a new standard describing the principles, requirements and guidelines for eco-efficiency assessment for product systems.
ISO 14045:2012, Environmental management – Eco-efficiency assessment of product systems – Principles, requirements and guidelines is available through the ISO Store.
* Singapore & Vietnam Sign DTA Protocol
12 September 2012
Singapore and Vietnam signed a protocol to amend the existing double taxation agreement (DTA) between the two countries.
For more, please check here.
5 September 2012
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published ISO 12931:2012, Performance criteria for authentication solutions used to combat counterfeiting of material goods.
The new standard will increase consumer confidence, make supply chains more secure and help public authorities to create and implement preventive, deterrent and punitive policies.
Please check here.
ISO release a new compilation containing the entire ISO 14000 family of environmental management standards, plus a collection of publications related to sustainability development.
The CD Compilation, ISO standards for the green economy – Sustainable development, includes:
– 30 International Standards developed by ISO technical committee ISO/TC 207, Environmental management: ISO 14001, ISO 14064, ISO 14065 etc
– ISO 20121:2012, Event sustainability Management Systems – Requirements with guidance for use developed by ISO/PC 250 project committee, Sustainability in event management.
5 June 2012
ISO published the ISO 22301:2012, Societal security – Business continuity management system – Requirements, a standard addressed to business continuity management of public and private organizations.
The ISO 22301:2012 – Requirements is available here and the ISO 22301:2012 – Guidace is available here.
30 May 2012
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published a new standard for the financial services industry – ISO 17442:2012, Financial services – Legal Entity Identifier (LEI).
The new standrad provides a global solution to identify the legal entities relevant to any financial transaction.
For more information please refer to ISO’swebsite.
24 May 2012
The new ISO’s standards, ISO/IEC 17020 & ISO/IEC TS 17022, were developed by the ISOCommittee 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).