The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is seeking feedback from relevant stakeholders on the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO’s) new work item proposal for the development of new standards on gold. All responses submitted to SCC will serve to generate a Canadian position on the proposal.
Purpose and justification for new field of activity
This proposal will:
1. Establish universal standards for trade in gold products
The international standards to be developed by this new ISO Technical Committee (TC) will facilitate, coordinate and safeguard the international trade in gold products and serve as a reference in related arbitration cases. Gold is produced and consumed in countries throughout the world, and the extensive use of gold materials in many industries—including aerospace, electronics, and pharmaceuticals—has made urgent the development of uniform standards for the international trade in gold ores, gold concentrates, gold alloys, gold compounds and gold materials. These standards will define the meanings of gold products and specify uniform testing and assaying methods.
2. Standardize gold products, promote advances in gold-related technologies and improve the quality of gold products and the economic performance of gold companies
The development of the international standards on gold will establish the basic standards for globally recognized gold terminology and products, support environment, health and safety-compliant gold-producing technologies and processes, and promote testing and assaying methods. It will also improve the quality of gold products and the economic performance of gold companies and promote the development and application of new gold materials and new technologies.
3. Promote international economic and technical exchange and cooperation relating to gold products
A number of global experts on gold-related technologies and standardization will participate in the process of developing international standards on gold. This will enhance the international exchange and cooperation among gold companies, relevant universities and scientific research institutes, and create business and trade opportunities.
Scope of proposed technical activity
The overall scope of work is standardization of gold ores, gold concentrates, gold alloys (excluding gold jewelry), gold compounds, gold material and the standardization of the development, recovery and recycling of gold.
Stakeholders are invited to consider the following when formulating a response:
- Do you agree to the proposal?
- If yes, why, and do you wish to participate should a mirror committee be established?
- If not, why not?
Deadline for survey submission
The SCC values your feedback on this proposal. Please fill out the Stakeholder feedback form no later than March 2, 2017.
For more information, please contact Suzanna Ersoy, Program Manager, ISO, SCC, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Standards Council of Canada is a federal Crown corporation with the mandate to promote efficient and effective standardization in Canada with the goal of enhancing Canada’s economic competitiveness and social well-being. It also accredits standards development and conformity assessment organizations.