International Workshop Agreement
An international workshop agreement is a document developed outside the normal ISO committee system to allow market participants to negotiate in an “open workshop.” International workshop agreements are usually assisted administratively by a member body. The published agreement contains a reference to the organizations involved in their development. An international workshop agreement has a maximum lifespan of six years, after which it can be converted to either another ISO delivery or automatically withdrawn. The Standards Council of Canada (CSC) and UL are proud to jointly host an international ISO workshop to develop guidelines for the global legal cannabis market. Interested parties are invited to participate in the workshop on the development of three (3) documents relating to the safety and sustainability of buildings, facilities, equipment and systems used for the cultivation, production, processing, transportation and sale of cannabis and cannabis products. The registration deadline is Wednesday, September 30, 2020. Please inform your National Standards Body (NSB) that you have registered to participate in this workshop. To participate in the workshop, please register your intention to volunteer here – events.ul.com/ISOInternationalWorkshop Demand for medical and recreational cannabis products is increasing with an expected value of up to $103.9 billion by 2024. Given the rapid growth of this sector and the challenges associated with the safety and sustainability of cannabis-handling buildings, premises, facilities and businesses, Canada will host an international ISO workshop to develop guidelines in these areas. A technical specification deals with work that is still being developed or is expected to be agreed upon on an international standard in the future, but not in the immediate future. A technical specification is published for immediate use, but also offers the possibility of getting feedback. The goal is that it is finally transformed and re-established as an international standard. A public specification is published to address the urgent needs of the market, which are either the consensus of experts in a working group or a consensus within an organisation outside ISO.
As with technical specifications, publicly available specifications are published for immediate use and also serve as a means of obtaining feedback on a possible transformation into an international standard.