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ANSI Seeks Comments on Proposed New ISO Field of Activity on the Sharing Economy


Submit Comments by October 19, 2018

As the U.S. member body to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) encourages its members and relevant stakeholders to submit comments by October 19 for a new ISO work item focused on the sharing economy.

JISC, the national standards body for Japan, submitted the proposal for the new committee, which will focus on standardization in the field of sharing economy. As noted in the proposal, a combination of widespread internet use and technological developments have led to the emergence of a new trading model of goods and services often called the "sharing economy." Furthermore, the rise in the global usage of mobile devices together with changing behavior of consumers are driving its growth and are encouraging new ways of connecting providers and customers. Recent research from PwC also indicates the impact of the sharing economy: across fivekey areas(peer-to-peer or P2P finance, online staffing, P2P accommodation, car sharing and music/video streaming), the sharing economy has the potential to increase revenues from 15 billion dollars (in 2014) to around 335 billion dollars by 2025 globally.

All interested U.S. parties are invited to review the proposal, which includes an initial proposed work plan as well as information on how it may relate to existing international standardization work as well as relevant stakeholders and organizations.

Please submit comments to Steve Cornish, ANSI senior director of international policy, at [email protected] by close of business on October 19, 2018. Based on the input received from U.S. stakeholders, a recommended ANSI position and any comments will be developed and presented to the ANSI ISO Committee (AIC) for approval before the ISO voting deadline of November 21, 2018.

ANSI has published an explanatory information document outlining the process used to develop U.S. positions on issues and activities under consideration by ISO and IEC.


Jana Zabinski

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Beth Goodbaum

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