Traceability



This webpage provides information on Traceability for CITES such as information on traceability projects relevant to CITES work and lessons learned from these projects, information on global projects working on traceability standards  and guidelines on traceability. This page will also provide access to the documents of the Working Group on Traceability. The membership of this Working Group is established on the 69th meeting of the Standing Committee.

 

 

Tools and resources


  • Notification 2017/38: Request to Parties to provide information on the development of projects related to traceability

Meetings


  • Information for upcoming meetings will be listed here.

The CITES Working Group on Traceability


Decision 17.152 requests the Standing Committee to establish the CITES Working Group on Traceability.

The designated Chairs of the Working Group are,

Ms Hesiquio Benítez, Mexico and Mr Mathias Loertscher, Switzerland.

The members of the Working Group will be defined at SC69 (Geneva, 27 November – 02 December 2017).

Updated information on the work of the Working Group on traceability will be made available on this website.

Date/Document number

Document

Status

20170905

Draft work programme of the CITES Traceability Working Group

draft

 

 

Work of Global Organizations on traceability standards for international trade


The major global organizations that develop that develop open, international standards for traceability in global trade are the UN Centre for Trade Facilitation and electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and GS1.

In the United Nations system UN/CEFACT is the focal point for the development of trade facilitation recommendations and standards for electronic business. UN/CEFACT is an intergovernmental body of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).  UN/CEFACT standards are developed by international experts from governments and the private sector. Many international organizations such as CITES, WCO, ISO, FAO, IATA and GS1 participate in the work of UN/CEFACT. 

Within UN/CEFACT a specialised group of experts develops the standards specific to agriculture trade. This group also takes into account the specific CITES standardization requirements.

The expert group developed eCERT, an international standard for electronic sanitary and phytosanitary certificates. The CITES ePermitting toolkit which defines the  structure for electronic CITES permits is based on the eCERT standard. CoP decision 15.54 encourages Parties to use this standard for electronic permit exchanges. Similarly, the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) recommends National Plant Protection Organizations to use the eCERT standard for exchange of electronic Phytosanitary certificates.

The UN/CEFACT expert group on agriculture trade  also developed a standard for Traceability of Animals and Fish. The scope of this standard has been extended to include agriculture produce in general and the expert group has agreed to also include CITES traceability requirements.

The UN/CEFACT traceability standard for animals and fish is fully compatible with electronic CITES permits and Phytosanitary certificates as well as well as electronic transport and customs documents that use the UN/CEFCAT suite of standards. Electronic information from Fishery Management Organizations that use the UN/CEFACT FLUX[1] can also be used in traceability systems that are base don the UN/CEFACT traceability standard.

The UN/CEFACT traceability standard is compatible with ISO/IEC 19987 (Electronic Product Code Information Services) which itself is based on the Electronic Product Code Information Service (EPCIS) traceability standard of GS1.

GS1 is a not for profit association that is represented in 112 countries around the world, best know for its barcodes for product identification. GS1 standards are widley used  in manufacturing and in the retail industry and ow-cost solutions for barcoding and RFID tagging are available.  As the UN/CEFACT traceability standard is compatible with GS1 EPCIS these solutions can be used for UN/CEFACT based traceability systems.

The UN/CEFACT traceability standard is a technical standard that describes the data formats for traceability information and how this information is exchanged and does not provide guidance on how to design a traceability system. To support Government agencies to design traceability system UNECE published  the Framework to design traceability systems for cross border trade as a guide to use traceability for sustainable trade. UN/CEFACT plans to develop a recommendation to Governments to apply this concept when planning traceability systems that include Government agencies as stakeholders. 

Table of relevant documents of international standard settings organizations (preliminary list)

Document

Synopsis

ISO/IEC 19987

ISO/IEC Electronic Product Code Information Services (EPCIS) 1.1 standard

EPCIS 1.2

GS1 Electronic Product Code Information Services (EPCIS) 1.2 standard

ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2016/9 en, fr, ru

UN/CEFCAT Standard on traceability for animals and fish;  informative document of the UNECE Secretariat

ISO 22005:2007 ISO 22005:2007, Traceability in the feed and food chain

ECE/TRADE/429

Traceability for Sustainable Trade: A Framework to design Traceability Systems for Cross Border Trade

Traceability Framework Project

UN/CEFACT Project on a Recommendation for the Framework to design traceability in cross border trade 

[1]Fisheries Language for Universal Exchange (FLUX)

 

Information on projects related to traceability


The CoP requested the Secretariat to collect information from Parties on planned and ongoing traceability projects and to make this information available on the CITES Website (CoP Decisions 17.154 and 17.155). In notification 2017/38 the Secretariat asked Parties to provide this information.

The following table provides links to information on CITES traceability projects, made available to the Secretariat.  Parties that wish to provide additional documents should contact the Secretariat with mail to Markus.Pikart@CITES.org

Document Number

Subject

Submitted by

SC69 Doc. 42 Traceability: Report of the Secretariat Secretariat

Notification 2017/38

Notification 2017/38 e) on Traceability

 

AC29 Doc. 31.3

Standards for pythons traceability

Switzerland

SC66 Doc 34.2

Socio-economic considerations in the development of a global information traceability system for reptile skins

Mexico

SC66 Inf 11

Traceability study in shark products

Secretariat

SC66 Inf. 12

Traceability systems in the CITES context: A review of experiences, best practices and lessons learned for the traceability of commodities of CITES-listed shark species

Secretariat


CoP17 Doc. 46

Pilot testing of a global traceability information system for reptile skins

Mexico

CoP17 Inf. 87

The applicability of traceability systems for CITES listed non-timber forest plant species listed under Appendices I and II. Key Findings of the preliminary assessment for medicinal and ornamental plant species (submitted by the Secretariat)

Secretariat on behalf of UNCTAD

CoP17 Inf. 87

The applicability of traceability systems for CITES listed non-timber forest plant species listed under Appendices I and II

Secretariat on behalf of UNCTAD

UNCTAD/DITC/TED/2016/5

Applicability of traceability systems for CITES-listed medicinal and ornamental plants (Appendices II and III)

UNCTAD in response to notification 2017/38 

UNCTAD/WEB/DITC/TED/2016/7

Applicability of traceability systems for CITES-listed medicinal plants (Appendices II and III)–Greater Mekong: Preliminary assessment

UNCTAD in response to notification 2017/38 

UNCTAD/WEB/DITC/TED/2016/8

SC66 Inf. 16

Applicability of traceability systems for CITES-listed ornamental plants (Appendices II and III) - Andean and other Latin American countries: Preliminary assessment 

UNCTAD in response to notification 2017/38 

 

Trade in South East Asian Python Skins

 

ITTO Technical Series No 40

Tracking Sustainability Review of Electronic and Semi-Electronic Timber Tracking Technologies

Secretariat