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Debate for MOAFF’s Unreasonable Interpretation of ISO Guide 65 Revision

Hidehiko Fumoto

By Hidehiko Fumoto

Deputy Director and Manager Technical Services, Canada Wood Japan

May 31, 2012

Currently, three Canadian organizations are recognized by MOAFF as Registered Overseas Certifying Body (ROCB) under the JAS Law; COFI, Certiwood and CMSA.  JAS Law references ISO/IEC Guide as a quality assurance scheme. However, the current ISO Guide 65 will be revised to ISO 17065.  An issue is arising as the officials of Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MOAFF) have warned ROCBs that these bodies will lose their status if they fail to finish the necessary revision procedures for the business operating rules by the time ISO 17065 comes into force.  It is totally unreasonable to say that duly registered organizations are no longer valid simply because ISO has published a new standard (17065).  It is important to note that JAS law does not appear to stipulate ISO/IEC Guide 65:1996 or whatever ISO develops that replaces this standard.  COFI Tokyo, with the support from other Canadian ROCBs, is preparing for arguing this unreasonable interpretation at the upcoming JAS Technical Committee (JTC) meeting to be held on November 30th in Tokyo.