New standards for bamboo, rattan and derived products will boost international trade and improve quality for consumers.
International standards harmonise the technical specifications of products and services – making industry more efficient and breaking down barriers to international trade. Conformity to international standards also reassures consumers that products are safe, efficient and good for the environment.
A new International Standards Organization (ISO) Technical Committee for bamboo and rattan – launched will strengthen the global trade of these versatile plants, benefiting businesses and delivering positive gains to the rural communities that depend on their production.
ISO Technical Committee 296 (ISO-TC 296), which promotes the standardization of bamboo, rattan, and derived material, will harmonise terminology, classifications, specifications, test methods and quality requirements.
Acting as a liaison, INBAR, will provide on-going advice and support. Speaking at the launch, INBAR’s Director General, Hans Friederich, argued that standardization would make it easier for bamboo and rattan products to be sold, fuelling a global trade that had already reached an annual value of 60 Billion USD.
“Internationally accepted standards also make it easier to maintain quality control and thus improve the reputation of bamboo and rattan products,” he added. “The establishment of TC296 is therefore a very important step in the expansion of international trade in bamboo and rattan products.”
The launch was attended by representatives from ISO, INBAR, China’s State Forestry Administration (SFA), and the Standarization Aministration of China (SAC), and participants from Colombia, Egypt, The Philippines, France, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Nepal, the Netherlands and China. The meeting was hosted by Zhang Xiaogang, ISO President, and Peng Youdong, Vice Administator of SFA.