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ANSI Seeks Comments on Proposal for New ISO Field of Activity


New York, Jun 22, 2006

Standards Norway (SN), the official Norwegian member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), has submitted a proposal for a new field of ISO technical activity on the subject of fisheries and aquaculture.

According to the SN proposal, the processes involved in the fish and aquaculture industry have far-reaching environmental impacts and are international in scope. Sustainable development within the industry is largely dependent on international agreements. International Standards, SN asserts, would help to promote environmental sustainability, and could be used to supplement legislation and international agreements.

The proposed committee would develop test methods, performance requirements, and technical specifications for fishery and aquaculture issues as they relate to:

  • environmental awareness
  • animal health and welfare
  • occupational health and safety
  • food safety
  • biological resource monitoring and traceability
  • technology-biology interface
  • terminology
To develop its work the technical committee would consider existing relevant documents, including standards and regulations developed by SN, the Norwegian Ministry of Fishery and Coastal Affairs, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), and Fundación Chile. SN also proposed cooperative liaisons with established regional and international committees involved in food and agriculture, water quality, and textiles.

As the official U.S. member of the ISO, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is seeking comments on the SN proposal from U.S. representatives. The input will be used to formulate the U.S. position on the proposal which will be presented to the ANSI ISO Council in preparation for the council’s recommendation to ISO.

Interested stakeholders are invited to submit comments to Steven Cornish, ANSI director of international policy (scornish@ansi.org), by Friday, August 11, 2006.

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