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Chain of Custody: ANSI Seeks Comments on Proposed New ISO Technical Committee


Submit Input to ANSI by March 26

As the U.S. member body to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is seeking comments on a proposal for a new ISO Technical Committee focusing on chain of custody - general terminology and models. ANSI seeks input by March 26, 2021.

ISO Project Committee (PC) 308, Chain of custody – General terminology and models, having developed ISO 22095, has decided that additional work is needed in this field, and subsequently submitted the proposal to ISO for a new ISO Technical Committee, with the following scope statement:

"Standardization in the field of chain of custody (CoC) for products and associated processes with specified characteristics, with the aim of ensuring that associated claims are reliable."

The process of chain of custody occurs when inputs and outputs and associated information are transferred, monitored, and controlled as they move through each step in the relevant supply chain.

According to the proposal, while the ISO 22095 was published in October 2020, there is opportunity for voluntary standardization to play a further role in ensuring that specific and defined characteristics of products are maintained and controlled throughout the supply chain. The proposal asserts that additional work in this field will allow all organizations that are active in the global supply chain to better address the increasing market demand for transparency and simplify market access by using uniform language and criteria throughout the supply chain.

The U.S. TAG to ISO PC 308 is administrated by Underwriters Laboratories, and the current U.S. TAG has confirmed that they’re supportive of the conversion of the PC into a TC and that they intend to continue to administrate the U.S. TAG.

Submit comments to Steven Cornish, ANSI senior director of international policy and strategy, at [email protected], by close of business on March 26, 2021. Based on input received from U.S. stakeholders, a recommended ANSI position and any comments will be developed and presented at the ANSI ISO Committee (AIC) for approval before ISO's voting deadline of April 30, 2021.

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


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