The Fifth Meeting of the ISO Commercial Policies Steering Group (CPSG) was held May 12-13, 2003, at the New York offices of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Attending were representatives from 12 international standards bodies including Alan Bryden, Secretary-General of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
The CPSG was created by the ISO Council in 2000, and serves as an advisory body to the Secretary-General; rather than a policy-setting body, the group offers recommendations to be forwarded to Council at the Secretary-General’s discretion.
Among topics of discussion was the proposed development of a new business plan for working with the Joint Technical Committee 1 (JTC-1) and ways to build awareness and increase distribution of JTC-1 standards.
The CPSG also discussed the ISO 3166 country codes, ISO 4217 currency codes, and ISO 639 language codes and proposed clarifications for their distribution.
Noting the necessity for a number of ISO standards to be published as databases, the CPSG asked that the Secretary-General recommend a consideration of the publication of some ISO standards as such, and promoted studying related pricing, delivery, and maintenance issues.
The group also addressed the changing needs of customers in varied electronic environment, and looked at revising some distribution methods to better meet ISO customer needs.
Seated (left to right):
Ann Nel, South Africa Bureau of Standards; Howard Paul, Standards Australia International Ltd.; Magne Kalstad, Norges Standardiseringsforbund; Rose Maginniss, ANSI; Claude Merle, Association Française de Normalisation
Standing (left to right):
Montonobu Kuroda, Japanese Standards Association; Keith Moyes, British Standards Institution; Jacques-Olivier Chabot, ISO; Reinhold Welina, ISO-CPSC Chairman, DIN Deutsches Institut für Normung; Jan Jelinek, Czech Standards Institute; Alan Bryden, ISO; Rick Parsons, Standards Council of Canada; Bob Feghali, ANSI