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Proposal for a new field of technical activity – Sharing Economy

Proposal for a new field of technical activity – Sharing Economy


Proposal for a new field of technical activity – Sharing Economy


JAPAN NATIONAL STANDARDS COMMITTEE has submitted the proposal to ISO Central Secretariat  for establishment of new Technical Committee on Sharing Economy.


Proposed scope of the new TC will be Standardization in the field of Sharing Economy.


Excluded from the scope are the technical aspects of information security or risk management guidelines already covered by ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC27 and ISO/TC 262, respectively.


The key justifications that provide compelling reasons for the start of this new field of technical activity are given below:

  • A combination of widespread internet use and technological developments have led to the emergence of a new trading model of goods and services often called the “sharing economy”,
  • the rise in the global usage of mobile devices together with changing behavior of consumers are driving its growth and are encouraging new ways of connecting providers and customers.
  • According to a research conducted by PwC (The sharing economy - sizing the revenue opportunity), sharing economy in five sectors (P2P finance, online staffing, P2P accommodation, car sharing and music/video streaming) have the potential to increase the revenues from 15 billion dollars in 2013 to around 335 billion dollars by 2025 all over the world.


The proposed programme of work shall start with development of International Standards for 1) terminology and 2) requirements for platform operators based on the market needs, and 3) guidance for the implementation .


1. Standard for terminology


Terminology including a clear definition of Sharing Economy itself based on IWA 27: 2017 to help common understanding among relevant stakeholders. Various patterns and characteristics of sharing economy in addition to the general form would be considered to identify the appropriate requirements for sharing economy platformers (see 2. below).


2. Standard for operation and management of sharing economy platform


Requirements for entities which operate sharing economy platforms in terms of consumer safety, management activities, resourcing, risk control and evaluation and continual improvement of the services to ensure the platform operators to provide their services safely, reliably and satisfactory which will lead to improvement of customers’ confidence and credibility of the services. While platform operators play a central role in the service to connect providers and customers, involvement and responsibilities of all interested and affected stakeholders should be well taken into account.


3. Guidance for implementation


Use cases and best practices will be examined, and guidance on the implementation of the services in line with international standards could be developed.

In case of national interest, BDS can approve the creation of ISO/TC on Sharing economy. If the establishment of ISO/TC is accepted by the national standards bodies – members of ISO, Bulgaria 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 05.11.2018 to Petar Lozev, e-mail:, tel. +359 2 81 74 529.


 For more information here

01 Oct 2018