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ISO DIS 22381 circulated for ballot

This work item was proposed in ISO/TC 247 Fraud countermeasures and controls back in 2014. It has thereafter been moved to TC 292 as a result of merge of several committees. The work has now reached the Draft International Standard stage and is available for public review. The title of the standard is "Security and resilience - Authenticity, integrity and trust for products and documents - Guidelines for establishing interoperability among object identification systems to deter counterfeiting and illicit trade".

Identification systems based on unique identifiers are no longer restricted to individuals' ID cards, car plates or telephone numbers. Already for many years product identification has been established in the world of things, using unique identifiers on sales items, their packaging as well as other sales and transport units. This is seen as a major step forward in consumer safety, in particular uncovering counterfeit and illicit trade activities.  

ISO 22381 outlines interoperability among independently functioning product identification and related authentication systems, as described in ISO 16678. It specifies an environment open to any new method of identification and authentication of objects, as well as older systems which may need to be kept accessible. It is applicable for various industries, stakeholders and users. It can be used on a global scale, in general or in more limited environments. ISO 22381 also aims at supporting those involved in planning and establishing interoperation. The permanent transfer of data from one system to another is not part of the standard.

Key features of ISO 22381

ISO 16678 outlined functional units and principles of systems based on unique identifiers. This guideline aims at laying out the landscape of safe interoperable architectures. It fosters vast deployment of object identification and authentication systems to deter counterfeits, product falsification and illicit trade, and to increase resilience against product fraud. Thus, industry and other sectors, confronted with the need to adopt object identification systems can be running multiple identification schemes in parallel. Governments, associations, industry as well as all other stakeholders in the battle against counterfeiting and illicit trade are encouraged to use this guideline which is applicable from simple to sophisticated object identification systems. The guideline aims to leave competition open to current and future solutions in Object Identification and Authentication Systems.

What can you do?

This standard is in the final voting stage before being published as an international standard, and is available for review and comment until February 5, 2018. It has been submitted to ISO member countries for voting.  You can help to shape the final published standard by contacting your National Standard Body  and get access to the document and submit your comments. 

Your comments will be forwarded to the mirror committee responsible for developing your national position and voting on the draft standard.