ISO Offers Standard Approach to Global Supply Chain Security

ISO publishes ISO/PAS 28000:2005 to standardize supply chain security

ISO/PAS 28000:2005 is one of several developments underway for intermodal supply chain security being undertaken by ISO/TC 8 that include the following documents:

- ISO/PAS 20858:2004, Ships and marine technology – Maritime port facility security assessments and security plan development , which was published in June 2004, is designed to assist in the implementation of the International Maritime Organization's International Ship &Port Security (ISPS) Code.

- ISO/PAS 28001, Best practices for custody in supply chain security, will assist industry to meet best practices as outlined in the World Customs Organization Framework. It is expected to be published in the second quarter of 2006.

- ISO/PAS 28004, Security management systems for the supply chain – General guidelines on principles, systems and supporting techniques, will assist users of ISO 28000. It will reference ISO 19011:2002, Guidelines for quality and/or environmental management systems auditing, and the future ISO/IEC 17021, Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems.

ISO/PAS 28000 is the output of ISO technical committee ISO/TC 8, Ships and marine technology, in collaboration with other technical committee chairs. Fourteen countries participated in its development, together with several international organizations and regional bodies. These included the International Maritime Organization, the International Association of Ports and Harbours, the International Chamber of Shipping, the World Customs Organization, the Baltic and International Maritime Council, the International Association of Classification Societies, the International Innovative Trade Network, the World Shipping Council, the Strategic Council on Security Technology, which has a Memorandum of Understanding with ISO/TC 8, and the US-Israel Science and Technology Foundation.

ISO/PAS 28000:2005 costs 81 Swiss francs and is available from ISO national member institutes (see the complete list with contact details) and from ISO Central Secretariat. The new document is the work of ISO technical committee ISO/TC 8, Ships and marine technology, in collaboration with other TCs responsible for specific nodes of the supply chain.