Developing and monitoring standards for bamboo products—to ensure they are safe, reliable and have a consistently high quality—improves consumer and supplier confidence. This in turn increases bamboo’s marketability and helps build value chains in international markets. INBAR has worked with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for years to develop new standards, and works with its Member States to incorporate these into national standards and building codes. INBAR has done this as the convener of Working Group 12 of the ISO Technical Committee (TC) 165 on Timber Structures. In 2016, INBAR also worked effectively with China and other Member States to establish the world’s first ISO TC dedicated to bamboo and rattan: ISO TC 296.
Since the late 1990s, INBAR has worked with ISO TC 165 to publish three international standards:
These standards have had a strong influence on several INBAR Member States including Colombia, Ecuador, India and Peru, which have since developed chapters on bamboo in their national building codes which reference these standards.
INBAR is currently working on three new ISO working items for ISO TC 165:
For more information please contact Working Group 12 convener Liu Kewei.