Providers of Standards and Guidelines

For Providers of Standards and Guidelines we have attempted, throughout our website, to ensure that the sources of the regulations, requirements, and guidelines we have digitized and formatted for your use are properly identified and, where applicable, copyrights are noted.

Downloads of the source PDFs of guidelines and standards are provided from our site only as a convenience. Links to the provider’s websites for direct downloads are also provided.

With the exception of ISO, providers of the standards and guidelines we have worked with are “free”. ISO charges for the download of their standards; we purchased the PDF’s of the guidelines, standards, and regulations.

In all cases, our tool sets focus on the requirement statements of guidelines, regulations, and standards. We work to present those requirements in a format that will help you more effectively prepare for and maintain compliance to a specific standard.

We cannot stress enough that you need to download the PDF versions of the complete standards and guidelines from the developer of those standards and guidelines. The context of a requirement within a particular providers guideline or standards is critical.

Providers – Links and Comments

Website Link: AEO, European Commission. Taxation and Customs Union

Comments from Provider Website (paraphrased or copied directly from Provider’s website): The AEO concept is one of the main building blocks within the WCO SAFE Framework of Standards (SAFE). The latter is part of the future international Customs model set out to support secure trade. SAFE sets out a range of standards to guide international Customs Administrations towards a harmonized approach based on Customs to Customs cooperation and Customs to Business partnership.

Although all these programs find their roots in the SAFE framework of standards, the approaches differ. E.g. the USA only allows importers to participate in C-TPAT whereas the European AEO program is open to all operators in the supply chain. The European AEO program differs from the other programs as that it has a wider scope, as it encompasses customs simplified procedures next to security and with that relates to compliance with all customs legislation, including customs duties.

Website Link: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation

Comments from Provider Website (paraphrased or copied directly from Provider’s website):

APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Private Sector Supply Chain Security Guidelines are a compilation of recommendations for effective supply chain security regimes from several sources, including the World Customs Organization and private programs.

The guidelines may be used by private firms to enhance their supply chain security practices and could be included in the curriculum of capacity building activities designed to teach the principles of supply chain security.


Website Link: American National Standards Institute, Inc.

Comments from Provider Website (paraphrased or copied directly from Provider’s website):

Founded in 1955, ASIS is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals by developing educational programs and materials that address broad security interests, as well as specific security topics.

The ASIS Commission on Standards and Guidelines is the promulgating body within ASIS International to develop security management standards and guidelines. The commission works with numerous national and international standards-setting organizations to advance security practices worldwide through the development of standards and guidelines within a voluntary, non-proprietary and consensus-based process utilizing the knowledge, experience and expertise of ASIS membership and the security industry.

ASIS is an ANSI-accredited Standards Developing Organization.

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Website Link: Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce

Comments from Provider Website (paraphrased or copied directly from Provider’s website):

The U.S. Department of Commerce self-assessment tool was designed for exporters to aid in the development of an Export Management and Compliance Program (“EMPC”).

It may be used to create a new program or to assess whether internal controls have been implemented within an existing program with the purpose of eliminating common vulnerabilities found in export compliance programs.

Each company has unique export activities and export programs; therefore, this is an example to build upon and does not include all export administration regulations, restrictions, and, prohibitions.

This tool is a combination of best compliance practices implemented by U.S. companies, auditing practices, and Export Administration Regulations requirements.

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Website Link: C-TPAT, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Comments from Provider Website (paraphrased or copied directly from Provider’s website):

The U.S. Customs & Border Protection‘s program referred to as the “Customs – Trade Partnership Against Terrorism” (C-TPAT) recognizes that the involvement of each members of a supply chain is required to combat terrorist threats to US ports and supply chains.

C-TPAT is focused on security (domain) and addresses supply chain members (nodes) from point of origin (e.g. manufacturer, supplier, or vendor) through to point of distribution. CBP certification offers a series of cost and time-saving benefits.

For supply chain members that have decided it is in its best interests to become a C-TPAT member, it needs to understand the security criteria it must comply with and it is recommended that it conduct a self-assessment and implement corrective measures prior to beginning the process to participate in C-TPAT.

For a supply chain member that is a C-TPAT member it is in its best interests to proactively ensure that its supply chain business partners are C-TPAT compliant.

To achieve this goal it should understand the security criteria its supply chain partners must comply with and, as part of its own minimum security requirements ensure that its supply chain partners conduct self-assessments, implement corrective measures as required, and establish procedural links between its own compliance procedures and those of its business partners.

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Website Link: ERSA, U.S. Department of Labor  (ERISA, HIPAA, ACA)

Comments from Provider Website (paraphrased or copied directly from Provider’s website):

Part 7 to Title I of ERISA: The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is responsible for administering and enforcing the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). The department’s responsibilities under ERISA include health care legislation.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) added a new aimed at making health care coverage more portable and secure for employees, and gave the department broad additional responsibilities with respect to private health plans.

Most recently, the 2010 passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) brought widespread health care reform.

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Website Link: FSVP, Food and Drug Administration

Comments from Provider Website (paraphrased or copied directly from Provider’s website):

Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVPs): The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed regulations on foreign supplier verification programs (FSVPs) for importers of food for humans and animals.

The proposed regulations would require importers to help ensure that food imported into the United States is produced in compliance with processes and procedures, including reasonably appropriate risk-based preventive controls that provide the same level of public health protection as those required under the hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls and standards for produce safety sections of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act), is not adulterated, and is not misbranded with respect to food allergen labeling.

These regulations are being proposed in accordance with the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

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Website Link: Food Safety and Inspection Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Comments from Provider Website (paraphrased or copied directly from Provider’s website):

It is vital that all food slaughter and processing establishments, and all import, export, and identification warehouses take steps to ensure the security of their operations.

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) created self-assessment checklists to provide tools for establishments to assess the extent to which they have secured their operations.

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Website Link: International Organization for Standardization

Comments from Provider Website (paraphrased or copied directly from Provider’s website):

ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is an independent, non-governmental membership organization and the world’s largest developer of voluntary International Standards.

ISO IS made up of 163 member countries who are the national standards bodies around the world, with a Central Secretariat that is based in Geneva, Switzerland.

ISO has published more than 19 500 International Standards covering almost every industry, from technology, to food safety, to agriculture and healthcare. ISO International Standards impact everyone, everywhere.

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Website Link: Safe Quality Food Institute, Food Marketing Institute

Comments from Provider Website (paraphrased or copied directly from Provider’s website):

The SQF (Safe Quality Food) Institute is a division of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), established to administer the SQF Program, a global food safety and quality certification and management system.

The SQF 7.1 Code was designed for use by all sectors of the food industry. The Code is a HACCP quality management system that utilizes NACMCF and CODEX HACCP Principles and Guidelines. It is designed to support industry or company branded product and to offer benefits to suppliers and their customers at all links in the food supply chain.

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