21 September 2015

TAPA 2017 Security Standards Revision Commence

Dear Members and Colleagues, 

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 (WWC).

This is an extremely important process. TAPA Security Standards are recognised all over the world as the leading industry standard for supply chain security. Designed to support the in-house security programmes of our members, the Standards are now revised every three years to keep pace with new developments and to address emerging threats.

Our 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:
  • The 2017 Standards revision schedule will be submitted to members before work commences and final revisions of the Standards will be approved and available to members 6 months before the activation date
  • The priority for the WWCCB will be focused on change requests that will meet one or more of the following criteria:
- 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
The regional TAPA Boards will have the opportunity to comment on and influence how the draft Standards are developed before the WW CCB proposes final revisions for WWC approval. As part of our commitment to more proactive communication with members throughout this process, all change requests will be logged and responded to, with regular updates from the WW CCB. Members will also continue to have access to the members of the WW CCB.
Going forward, updating the TAPA Standards will be a regular agenda item for working groups, at TAPA conferences and other TAPA forums. Field tests will be conducted to ensure the changes proposed for 2017 are practical, effective and affordable before the final revisions of the Standards are approved. Changes that have operational/cost impacts and are not supported by a sufficient business or risk-driven justification will be out of the scope of this process.
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:
  • 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 (TACSS) and incorporate it into FSR
  • 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.
Why 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.
Details will be sent to you at the beginning of October to begin the process, inviting you to ‘join in’ and explain how you can contribute. 
These are your Security Standards so please tell us what you think.
If you would like more details on this process please feel free to contact your regional WWCCB representatives
For APAC –Jessie Han (Jessie.Han@dhl.com )
                    Herdial Singh (HSingh@agility.com)
                    Lina Li (Lina.Li@matthey.com)
For Americas – Susan Griggs, Taya Tuggle, Gary Delvecchio
For EMEA – Luc Van Herck, Mark Gruentjes, Steve Mchugh
or myself
Paul Linders