A New Field of Technical Activity – Circular Economy


ISO has received a New Field of Technical Activity Proposal from the French National Standards Body (AFNOR) to Form a new Technical Committee in the field of Circular Economy.

The scope of the new committee is proposed to be:
Standardization in the field of Circular economy to develop requirements, frameworks, guidance and supporting tools related to the implementation of circular economy projects.
The proposed deliverables will apply to any organization or group of organizations wishing to implement circular economy projects, such as commercial organizations, public services and not-for-profit organizations.

Excluded: specification of particular aspects of circular economy already covered by existing TCs, such as ecodesign, life cycle assessment in ISO/TC 207 Environmental management and sustainable procurement (ISO 20400: 2017 – Sustainable procurement — Guidance).

Note: the TC will contribute to sustainable development and especially to the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The proposed work programme for the field of activity consists of five components in the following order of priority:

  1. A Management System Standard for circular economy (Type A)
  2. A Standard on implementation guidance (Type B)
  3. A Standard for supporting tools
  4. Guidelines on the issues of circular economy projects
  5. A collection of examples of implementation of circular economy projects

National Standards Bodies are consulting with their stakeholders on this proposal. For more information, or to make a submission, please contact your National Standards Body by Tuesday 18 September 2018

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