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Call for Nominations for ISO/TMB Ad Hoc TAG on Second Hand Goods


New York, Dec 08, 2005

The Technical Management Board of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO/TMB)has approved the establishment of a new Technical Advisory Group (TAG), under the shared leadership of the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and a partner from a developing country, to pursue the development of a generic guideline document on second-hand goods. The ISO/TMB Secretariat, on behalf of SCC, is inviting nominations to this ad hoc TAG.

Consumers International initially raised concerns about developed-to-developing country “dumping” of second hand goods within ISO’s Consumer Policy Committee (COPOLCO). A subsequent consultation among COPOLCO members and members of ISO’s Committee on Developing Country Matters (DEVCO) identified issues such as health, safety, product information and environmental impacts of second hand goods. Product areas felt to be particularly problematic were used tires, used vehicles, used household appliances, tools and machinery, and used clothing and footwear.

COPOLCO recommended that generic guidance on this subject be developed by ISO as well as sector-specific standards and that such deliverables be usable by a variety of different stakeholders such as standards writers, regulators, importers, sellers, distributors, traders, consumer groups, and government.

Following a further survey by ISO of relevant technical committees, and analysis of these consultations, the ISO/TMB determined there was support for work for generic guidelines in this area and established the ad hoc TAG. The ISO/TMB also encouraged relevant ISO committees to take into account the possibility that products may be sold as second hand goods and to include appropriate provisions within their standards as needed. The ISO/TMB has invited the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) to consider participating in the work.

U.S. persons interested in being nominated to represent the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) on the ISO/TMB ad hoc TAG on second hand goods should contact Steven Cornish, ANSI international policy director (scornish@ansi.org; Tel: 212-642-4969) by January 5, 2006.

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