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The International Organization for Standardization (ISO)


Geneva, Switzerland



Description: ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organization with a membership of 163 national standards bodies.

Through its members, ISO brings together experts to share knowledge and develop voluntary, consensus-based, market-relevant International standards that support innovation and address global challenges.

Organization Type: International NGO
Issue areas covered:

ISO has now adopted an ISO Technical Specification on animal welfare management, General requirements and guidance for organizations in the food supply chain - TS 34700:2016. This provides requirements and guidance for the implementation of the animal welfare principles as described in the introduction to the recommendations for animal welfare of the OIE TAHC (Chapter 7.1).  In reality, it is a simple guidance document on the steps needed to ensure compliance with the OIE principles; and it does not seek to specify/regulate standards.

A new standard is being developed to help organizations put together programs for managing climate change. ISO 14080, on “Greenhouse gas management and related activities – Framework and principles for methodologies on climate actions.” will include guidance on how to create effective mitigation and adaptation activities. 

Key opportunities and dates for input: 
  • Various, depending on standards development and consultations.
Requirements for participation: 

Standards are developed by groups of experts called technical committees. These experts are put forward by ISO’s national members. If you are interested in getting involved, contact details can be found in the list of national members.

Advocacy Opportunities:
  • To promote and monitor the use of the newly adopted ISO Technical Specification 34700 on animal welfare management.
  • When the time is right to advocate for its improvement and enhancement.
  • There may be scope for APOs to advocate in connection with animal agriculture and food policy in connection with the new standard being developed on climate change.

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