APEC Silver Economy – Next Steps

Recently, Standards Australia attended the APEC Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance (SCSC) meeting in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam and presented on the APEC Silver Economy outcomes and workshop recommendations report. We are pleased to advise that APEC SCSC endorsed all the four key recommendations:

  1. Recommendation One – APEC should accelerate and mainstream efforts in supporting Ageing Societies.
  2. Recommendation Two – APEC SCSC should develop a 3-5 year Standardization and Innovation Roadmap to identify gaps, priorities and actions (at the Member Economy and regional level) to chart the way forward.
  3. Recommendation Three – APEC should commit more funding and resources to support silver economy initiatives that harmonize standards and conformity assessment procedures, foster innovation, disseminate knowledge and promote Good Regulatory Practices.
  4. Recommendation Four – Develop Standards Information Portal within APEC’s website to promote standardization activities, exchanges of information, research and sharing of resources to support the silver economy opportunity.

Based on the APEC member economies’ feedback, Australia plans to submit a Concept Note in 2018 to take forward the recommendations.

Again we want to sincerely thank PASC for supporting us on this important initiative and look forward to working with you all in 2018!


ISO New Field of Technical Activity – Ageing Societies

On a related standardisation matter the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has circulated a proposal for a new ISO Technical Committee (TC) on Ageing Societies.

Scope: Standardization in the field of Ageing Societies.

If approved, the new technical committee will develop standards and standardization documents with the main aim of promoting lifelong support and quality of life in ageing populations.

ISO members can provide their position on the proposal for this new field of technical activity by 26 October 2017. If you require any further information, please contact your PASC member for more details.