The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is seeking feedback on ISO’s proposal for the development of a new standards committee on reference materials. The purpose of this inquiry is to consult with Canadian stakeholders to develop a national position on the proposal, and to determine if there is interest in participating in the work should it be approved.
Purpose and justification for new field of activity
The Technical Management Board (TMB) decided in its Resolution 17/2020 that it would be more appropriate for existing ISO/REMCO to transform into a technical committee on reference materials. The TMB noted that the guides REMCO has published and is currently developing do not meet the definition of Guide in the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 2, clause 3.1.7, therefore, for REMCO to be able to publish other types of deliverables, i.e. international standards, it would be more appropriate for REMCO to become a technical committee.
Proposed initial programme of work:
- Transformation of existing REMCO Guides into Standards in line with Annex A ISO/IEC Directives, Part 1.
- Change deliverable types of REMCO projects (which are currently under development) from Guides to Standards type.
- Once established, the secretariat of the new TC will also contact the secretariat of ISO/CASCO to discuss the possibility of transferring ISO 17034:2016 General requirements for the competence of reference material producers (former REMCO Guide 34:2009) from CASCO to the new TC’s portfolio (resolutions from both committees would be required).
Scope of proposed technical activity
The scope of the proposal focuses on standardization in the competent production and use of reference materials, including the concepts, terms and definitions related to reference materials.
SCC values your feedback on this proposal. Stakeholders are invited to consider whether or not they agree with the proposal by completing this brief stakeholder feedback form no later than August 23, 2020.