Canadian Forest Service Publications

ISO 9000 and Wood Products - International Case Studies of Manufacturers and Buyers Perspectives. 1994. Swanson, J.S.; Wilson, W.R., Editors. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Pacific Forestry Centre, Victoria, BC. Working Paper WP-OI-94.02, copublished by the BC Ministry of Forests.

Year: 1994

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 3568

Language: English

Series: Working Paper WP (PFC - Victoria)

Availability: PDF (download)

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Abstract

ISO 9000 is a family of guidelines that can be adopted by a company to provide a set of standards designed to improve manufacturing quality. The continued reduction in institutional trade barriers will encourage progress toward greater uniformity among global codes and standards. This progress is stimulated by the inherent efficiency gains available to both buyers and sellers through improved product and process harmonization. This publication contains four papers that examine the impacts of existing and emerging codes and standards on the international movement of forest products. The regions included in the studies were Japan, Germany and Central Europe, the United Kingdom and the Nordic countries (Norway, Sweden and Finland). According to the researchers some of the apparent challenges to improved market access for forest products are: the proliferation of codes and standards; the use of codes and standards as non-tariff barriers; and the increasingly competitive markets and restricted economic performance.