Chain of Custody – Transparency and traceability – Generic requirements for supply chain actors

Standards New Zealand is seeking feedback on a proposal for a new field of technical activity on Chain of Custody – Transparency and traceability – Generic requirements for supply chain actors. NEN AgroFood & Consument (The Netherlands) has proposed this activity. 

The scope of the proposal is the following: 

The overall scope of work is standardisation in the field of chain of custody (CoC) terminology and requirements for all products with specified characteristics. The objective is to increase transparency and facilitate market access, especially for smaller companies and developing countries. 

This standard differs from existing ISO initiatives by defining the requirements and traceability levels independently of sectors, raw materials, products, and issues addressed. It lays down a set of generic requirements to ensure that products with specified characteristics sold or shipped by a supply chain actor (SCA), can be physically and/or administratively connected to a corresponding amount of input material with the same specified characteristics. It does not intend to set requirements on the input or output material or limitations to specific product characteristics such as sustainability, safety or source. It does however provide guidance for describing characteristics.

This international standard is intended to increase transparency in value chains by specifying traceability requirements for the individual supply chain actors. This international standard can be used in all sectors and for all products with specific characteristics, which are transferred between two or more SCAs. Services are not included. 

This standard defines commonly used supply chain models, their traceability levels and their specific requirements regarding administration, physical handling activities, conversion rates, transactions and stock activities relating to the product and so on. These fundamental concepts and principles of chain of custody management cover the whole supply chain and are universally applicable to the following stakeholders: 

  • organisations seeking sustained success through the implementation of a chain of custody management system
  • customers seeking confidence in an organisation’s ability to consistently provide products and services conforming to their requirements
  • organisations seeking confidence in their supply chain that product and service requirements will be met
  • organisations and interested parties seeking to improve communication through a common understanding of the vocabulary used by supply chain actors
  • developers of related standards. 

Standards New Zealand is consulting with stakeholders in this area to determine New Zealand's response. There is more information on our international engagement page. To submit comments including support for or opposition to the proposal, please email Comments received will be used to form a New Zealand position on this proposal. Please provide your comments by Wednesday27 July 2016.

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