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Ballot for revision of ISO 17712 closes 23 December

28 Nov 2012

ISO is conducting an up-or-down ballot on an important revision to ISO17712. The revision addresses the difficulties with implementing Clause 6 of ISO 17712:2000.

The essense of the revision is;

- The revision removes the requirement for independent lab testing for tamper evidence.

- The revision adds a mandatory requirement for development and approval of tamper evident improvement programs. The programs must pass independent audits in accordance with ISO 9001 and ISO 17712 Normative Annex A, "Seal manufacturers' security-related practices." Audits would review the results of any internal testing related to tamper-evident features.

The mandatory requirement applies to high security "H" seals, which are most relevant to marine containers. Indicative "I" and Security "S" seal participation is optional in this proposed amendment.

The ballot is for ISO FDIS 17712; an FDIS is a Final Draft International Standard. Ballots are cast by national standards bodies such as the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the British Standards Institute (BSI), "one nation, one vote". Each national body determines its vote by its own procedures, usually based on a poll of its members.

Since the ballot closes 23 December, we expect the results to be known early in January.

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