Revision of TAPA Security Standards 2017 

Help us improve the TAPA 2017 Security Standards.

Work will soon commence on the next revision of the TAPA Security Standards, which will be released in January 2017. As with all previous reviews, every TAPA member will be given the opportunity to propose improvements to the Standards for consideration by the Association’s World Wide Change Control Board (WWCCB) and the TAPA World Wide Council

The aim is to make this process more transparent to TAPA members and easier to participate in following the significant changes that were made to the current 2014 versions of the Standards. The alignment of the 2014 Standards intended to reduce the impact of future changes on our members and subsequently no major changes are anticipated in the 2017 versions.

Every change request received for the 2017 Standards will be closely scrutinised and will require a supporting justification. As part of this process, the following conditions have been set:

- Mitigating new or emerging criminal threats and supported by data analysis - Cost neutral or cost savings opportunities identified, unless costs are deemed to be justified to address new risks - Removal of redundant requirements - Simplification of requirements deemed overly complex by members - Reformatting to improve layout and access to content

What is being considered for change so far?

Members have already highlighted some aspects of the Standards they would like to see reviewed. These include:


Once completed, the forms should be emailed to:

  • Reformatting the Standards’ requirements into matrix tables to reduce duplication and simplify access
  • More information and guidance on the use of risk assessments to support certification
  • Avoiding big process changes or additional costs, taking into consideration:
  • Do we need to continue with 3 x FSR/TSR levels or should there only be 2?
  • Is there a benefit in merging FSR/TSR into one standard with ‘plug and play’ addendums for detailed Facility and Trucking Security Requirements?
  • Implementing more alignment in the format and content of FSR and TSR


  • Review the need/options for high value cages/vaults requirements
  • Discontinue the TAPA Air Cargo Security Standard
  • Better definitions/options for locks and locking mechanisms on trucks, trailers and vans
  • Tracking technology and ways to attack it are continually changing. Review the existing requirements (portable and fixed devices) and update the Standards to reflect the introduction of new technology and methods to minimise risk.
Your support is vital

The TAPA Security Standards are effective and respected by industry and regulators because they have been developed by supply chain security professionals working in the industry. The revision cycle process provides a unique opportunity for you to share your ideas and comments on how we can continue to enhance our Security Standards and help TAPA members to reduce risk and maintain a secure supply chain.

1. Sending in your requests for the WWCCB to consider your changes.

CLICK HERE and complete the online submission form which will be directed to your regional change control body. Once you have completed the form and clicked the submit button you will receive an on screen message to confirm that your submission has been received, at the same time you will be invited to make another submission if you wish to do so.


As you will appreciate there are many tasks to complete, to revise and create the new 2017 Standards, and the WWCCB feels that the 2 months it has given members to make the submissions should be adequate time to do so, so please note that the submission process will only be open from October 1st 2015, ending November 30th 2015.


  1. We have appointed a dedicated administrator in each region to collect the requests you send in via the online tool.
  2. Each correctly completed request will be sent to the regional standard working group to review.
  3. The regional standard working group will review and make the first decision on this request for your region.
  4. If the information is not clear then the regional administrator may ask you for more details.
  5. If approved, the request will be sent from the regional standard working group to the WWCCB for final review and approval before being included in the new global Standard.
  6. If the request is declined by the regional standard working group it will be sent back to you via the regional administrator, with the reason why it was declined.
  7. All approved requests, from all 3 regions, will end up in the WWCCB for final review.
  8. Once the submission process is closed and the WWCCB have reviewed all the submissions from a global perspective you will receive notification of the result of your submission(s).
  9. A first draft of all approved changes should be ready to distribute to our members by the end of January 2016, when we shall share the next steps with you.

Thank you for your support in this revision of the TAPA Standards.

If you have any question concerning this process please contact us . If you would like more details on this process please feel free to contact your regional WWCCB representatives


1. Jessie Han ( 2. Herdial Singh ( 3. Lina Li (