ISO 22381:2018 – New standard on interoperability of product identification and authentication systems
Product identification and traceability systems, based on unique ID codes per single item, today raise the level of trust into the originality and integrity of any products traded – be it in traditional distribution channels or via internet trade.
It started in 2013 when ISO 16678 had been published. That standard outlines the constituent functional units of ID-based systems, as well as recommending measures to raise the level of trust. The creation of secure single entry points for dedicated user groups is one of the major recommendations to outrule fake ID system providers. This implies interoperation of independent systems.
Interoperability is also key for the establishment of traceability systems over complex and supra national supply chains.
The now published standard ISO 22381:2018 provides a guideline on how to establish interoperability.
Dr. Marietta Ulrich-Horn (Austria), project leader and responsible for developing ISO 22381 provides insight.
"There are multiple reasons why interoperability is established. Responses and data transactions involve various parties - user groups and stakeholders, who need to communicate and get organized at an early stage. Interoperability happens by data transfer i.e. from object to object, from system to system, or it is established by routing functions, brokering among independent systems.
There is information, that EU DG SANTÉ has taken a close look at this new guidance document during its development. Therefore today, the architecture being established for tobacco traceability so as to fulfil the goals of the TPD (EU Tobacco Products Directive), in many aspects follows the principles of ISO 22381:2018.
We are proud to have contributed to this alignment within the European Union and are confident, the new standard ISO 22381:2018 will further positively impact public and private interoperation in the strive for product security."
ISO 22381:2018 - Security and resilience - Authenticity, integrity and trust for products and documents - Guidelines for interoperability of product identification and authentication systems is available from ISO national member institutes. It may also be obtained directly from: https://www.iso.org/standard/50053.html