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ISO proposal for the creation of a new technical committee on “Musical instruments”

ISO proposal for the creation of a new technical committee on “Musical instruments”

ISO proposal for the creation of a new technical committee onMusical instruments


The national standards body of China (SAC) submits to ISO a proposal for the creation of a new Technical Committee on “Musical instruments”.


Scope: Standardization in the field of musical instruments.


The Committee will develop standards and standardization documents in the field of musical instruments including: classification, terminology, products, safe use, test methods and conformity assessment rules.


The proposal excludes standardization within the scope of IEC/TC 100 Audio, video and multimedia systems and equipment.


Standardization is proposed to be carried out in three aspects::


The first aspect is about common standards, including classification and terminology;


The second aspect is about method standards, including the assessment of musical performance and test methods of limits of hazardous substances for musical instruments;


The third aspect is about standards for products and accessories, including main musical instrument products like piano, violin family (including violin, viola, cello, double bass), guitar, accordion, aerophones, bow, string.


Since classification, terminology, and methods are the basis of other standards, proposed work will be started with common standards and method standards. Following are product standards which are needed in business and trade.


It is expected to propose 4 international standards within 3 years after the establishment of the new TC is approved.


Existing documents related to musical instruments are 170 in total, including 1 ISO standard, 110 standards in China and 59 standards in other countries.


The proposer shall indicate whether his or her proposal could be dealt with by widening the scope of an existing committee or by establishing a new committee.


Currently, there are no existing technical committees or subcommittees that are directly related to musical instruments inside ISO and IEC.


In case of national interest, Bulgaria can support the creation of ISO/TC on “Musical instruments”. If the establishment of ISO/TC is accepted by the national standards bodies – members of ISO, BDS can obtain P- or O-membership in the work of the newly established committee.


The national stakeholders can provide their position on the proposal for this new field of ISO technical activity by 01 of May 2018 to senior expert Ekaterina Slavova, e-mail: ,tel: +359 2 81 74 579.


For more information about the proposal see: here.

01 Mar 2018