ISO/TC 323 Circular Economy

A Technical Committee (TC) was formed in 2018 to create international standards related to the Circular Economy. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) gave this committee the designation TC 323.

National organizations contribute to the work of this committee as participants or observers.

Participating and Observing Countries


US Participation in ISO/TC 323

The U.S. national member organization to ISO is the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). To support the U.S. work in the standards development, ANSI formed a Technical Advisory Group (TAG). The TAG is made up of interested Americans (U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents).

TAG participants can join Working Groups within TC 323 to support the topic of focus for each working group.

RIC Participation in US TAG to ISO TC 323

RIC is a participating member in the U.S. TAG to ISO TC 323. The TAG meets monthly via WebEx, or more often as needed to meet the schedule of TC 323.

RIC’s Trade & Policy Committee supports this effort. The committee’s participants are kept appraised of the U.S. TAG’s work as well as asked for their feedback when feedback from the U.S. TAG is requested.

The Process in Practice

The latest in this effort was the review of three committee draft standards.

Members of RIC’s Trade & Policy Committee reviewed the drafts and discussed comments in a series of meetings with the RIC Trade & Policy Committee. These comments were submitted to the U.S. TAG.

The U.S. TAG gathered comments from all participating TAG members. The comments were compiled, then discussed by the TAG participants to create a unified set of comments from the U.S.

The U.S. comments were submitted to TC 323. They will then be combined with comments from the other participating countries to be discussed by the relevant working groups and incorporated into the draft standards prior to another draft release.