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Workshop on Traceability: a tool for managing risks

31 October - 1 November 2011

Traceability: a tool for managing risks

31 October (2 pm to 6 pm) and 1 November 2011 (10 am to 1 pm)
Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

A workshop on "Traceability: a tool for managing risks" was held as part of the 21st annual session of Working Party.  A report of the workshop is available here.

The workshop aimed at:

  • Discussing how traceability may contribute to managing risks in supply chains;
  • Assessing related costs and benefits for stakeholders;
  • Sharing best practices on implementing traceability solutions.

What is traceability?

  • Traceability is “the ability to trace the history, application or location” of goods and services;
  • Tracing back a product or its components allows companies to increase the stability and transparency of procurement and production processes;
  • Traceability tools assists regulators and business companies address concerns by consumers and the general public;
  • Market surveillance authorities can use traceability tools to take prompt and targeted action in case a dangerous product is placed on the market, e.g. to perform efficient product withdrawals.

Why is WP.6 the right place to discuss traceability?

As an intergovernmental body, WP.6 is uniquely placed to promote the use of standards and tools - developed by regional and international organizations as well as the private sector – as the basis for better and more convergent regulatory policies.

Following the successful 2009 Conference on “Risk Assessment and Management” the Working Party will now discuss traceability as one important and concrete way of addressing risks in supply chains and regulatory systems.

What was discussed?

  • Which standards can regulatory stakeholders use as tools to increase traceability of inputs used in production processes? Which standards can be used to increase traceability within supply chains?
  • What are the costs and benefits associated with increasing traceability? What are these costs and benefits for regulators, business companies, market surveillance authorities, and other stakeholders?
  • How has traceability been used by regulators in different sectors and different countries? What are the positive and negative aspects of imposing traceability requirements? Under which conditions traceability requirements help to achieve regulatory goals?
  • How are conformity assessment bodies and market surveillance authorities using and could use different tools to increase traceability?
  • What is the business experience of increasing traceability within production or service provision processes? What is the business experience in implementing regulatory requirements on traceability?
  • Which IT solutions can regulatory stakeholders use to increase traceability within regulatory systems?
  • What are the most common risks faced by regulatory stakeholders in increasing traceability of production processes?
  • What are the most effective ways of communication among regulatory stakeholders within projects aimed at increasing traceability

Who attended?

  • Regulatory authorities
  • Business companies
  • Standardization bodies
  • Market Surveillance Authorities
  • Conformity Assessment Bodies

and all other organizations who develop and use traceability tools within production processes and the management of supply chains.


Concept note by the Secretariat for the Workshop on traceability as a tool for managing risks (ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2011/5)

Other reports provided  by the delegates:

Agenda item



Matters arising

Mr. Christer Arvius
WP. 6 Chair

Forthcoming activities in UNECE WP. 6


Ms. Lorenza Jachia,
Secretary of WP. 6

Report on the twentieth session

Programme of work


Valery N. Koreshkov,
Chairman of Gosstandart

Standardization, conformity attestation and accreditation in the Republic of Belarus

Workshop on Traceability as a tool for managing risks

Mr. V. Koreshkov
Chairman Belarus Standardization Committee

Assurance of safety and traceability

Mr. G. Volnisty
Technical director, ID Center,
The National Academy of Sciences of Belarus

Information Safety

Ms. Danielle Assafin
Analista Executivo de Metrologia e Qualidade
Diretoria da Qualidade (DQUAL)
Instituto Nacional de Metrologia, Qualidade e Tecnologia  (INMETRO) Brazil

Inmetro’s experience on regulation and traceability

Mr. Fabrizio Sacchetti
Policy Officer , WTO TBT Agreement - International Regulatory Cooperation,
DG Enterprise and Industry
European Commission

Traceability in the context of EU technical harmonisation legislation for industrial products

Ms. Diane Taillard 
GS1 Solutions Director
GS1 Global Office

How to move from traceability standards to actual adoption

Mr. Rakesh Vazirani,
TÜV Rheinland Group

Total trace

Mr. Craig A. Morris, Ph.D.
Deputy Administrator,
Livestock and Seed Program,
U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service

US Meat Traceability

Mr. Frans Van Diepen
UN/CEFACT, International Trade and Business Processes Group, TBG18 Agriculture, and Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, The Netherlands

UN/CEFACT and traceability standards in agriculture

Mr. Philippe Portalier
Standardisation and Technical policy
Manager, Orgalime

Traceability requirements in EU regulations the industry perspective

Mr. Per Döfnäs
Director, Technical Regulations Ericsson

Challenges to meeting substance restrictions

Mr. William David
Director, Quality and Regulatory Affairs, Haemonetics

Blood component traceability

Ms. Nada Machutova
General Director
Slovak Trade Inspection

Market surveillance authorities: tools to increase traceability

Risk Management

Mr. Valentin Nikonov
Coordinator, GRM

GRM Progress Report

Mr. Simon Webb
The Nichols Group

Crisis Management in Regulatory Systems

Regulatory Cooperation

Mr. V. Koreshkov

Technical Regulation in the Customs Union


Mr. Per Döfnäs
Technical Regulations

Progress report on Telecom Initiative


Mr. Dan Roley
Chairman, ISO/TC127

Progress report on Earth-Moving Machinery Initiative


Mr. Frank Lienesch
Arbeitsgruppe 3.72 "Explosionsgeschützte elektrische Antriebssysteme"
PTB, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

Progress report on Initiative on Equipment used in Explosive Atmospheres


Mr. Steve McRoberts
CSci CPhys MInstP, Underwriters Laboratories

Global Acceptance of the Harmonized Standard for Medical Devices

Standardization and Regulatory practice

Mr. Fabrizio Sacchetti

Standardization Package

Ms. Natalia Cerrato
Senior managing coordinator EU & International Cooperation
Regulatory Reform Group
Ministry of Economic Affairs,
The Netherlands

Dutch regulatory experiences

Panel discussion

Standardization and sustainable development

Ms. Monika Linn
Senior Advisor to the Executive Secretary



Mr. Michael Peet
Manager, Sustainable Development Mechanisms Programme, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change UNFCCC

Standards and regulations for sustainable development


Mr. Kevin McKinley
Deputy-Secretary General
International Standardization Organization

ISO supporting a Green Economy


Mr. Gabriel Barta
Head of technical coordination and representative to UN specialized bodies, International Electrotechnical Commission

Standards and conformity assessment for green


Mr. Ashok Ganesh
Deputy Director Standards,
CEN-CENELEC Management Centre

European Standards: Supporting sustainable development


Ms. Diane Taillard
GS1 Solutions Director 
GS1 Global Office

Enabling the sustainable supply chain

Review of recent developments in accreditation

Mr. Peter Unger
Chair, International Laboratory Accreditation Co-operation (ILAC)


Market Surveillance

Ms. Kvetoslava Steinlova
Chair, MARS Group

MARS Group Progress Report

Mr. Fabrizio Sacchetti
European Commission
Enterprise and Industry

Update on the implementation of the new legislative framework


Mr. Ihar Dultsau

Market Surveillance Database

Rakesh Vazirani
TÜV Rheinland Group

Market access Matrix