The trade in second-hand goods continues to grow each year, particularly in developing countries and countries with transitional economies. End users purchasing these products expect them to be safe, free from defects, and to last for a reasonable amount of time, even in their second-hand state.
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published ISO 20245:2017 – Cross-Border Trade of Second-Hand Goods, which establishes minimum screening criteria for second-hand goods that are traded, sold, offered for sale, donated or exchanged between countries. The intention of this standard is to protect consumers' health, safety and the environment in which they interact when using second-hand goods.
ISO 20245:2017 is applicable to second-hand goods that are shipped across at least one international border, and where the intended end user is a consumer. This standard does not apply to goods that are remanufactured, rebuilt or refurbished.
Canadian G. Rae Dulmage chaired the ISO committee on cross-border trade of second-hand goods and is an example of Canadian leadership in the growth and development of international standards. Mr. Dulmage helped to develop the standard and feels that it enables consumers to shop at resellers of second-hand products with confidence.
By participating in standards development, Mr. Dulmage has helped to advance the health, safety and economic well-being of all Canadians. In 2016, Mr. Dulmage was given the “Hugh Krentz Award” by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), in recognition of the positions of increasing responsibility in Canadian and international standards that he has held over the past 30 years. From 2002 to 2016, Mr. Dulmage served as Director of the Standards Department, External Affairs and Government Relations Office at Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC). Before joining ULC, Mr. Dulmage was Manager of the Standards Program at SCC, and, prior to that, Vice President at Certelecom Laboratories Inc.