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STANDARDS SUPPORT STANDARDS FAQs #17 A monthly update by Mark Gruentjes, TAPA EMEA Standards Lead


After receiving a steady stream of questions about TAPA’s Security Standards from Audit Bodies and our members, we feel it will be benefi cial to share some of the questions received and the responses given by the TAPA EMEA Standards Team. We aim to cover 2-3 questions in Vigilant each month.


1 July 2020 is the date the next updated versions of TAPA’s Facility Security Requirements (FSR) and Trucking Security Requirements (TSR) will come into force and replace the current 2017 versions. The work to achieve this is called the Standards “revision cycle” and is managed collectively by the three TAPA regions under the Change Control Board (CCB) process. TAPA has shared information previously on the revision cycle and many of you will have been involved or contributed to earlier revisions. In this article we focus on some of the questions we have recently received around this process.


Question 1.


When will work on updating the Standards begin?


Answer: The work has already begun! Initial ideas from the TAPA Standards Team in each region will be provided to the CCB. Typically, these suggestions will come from improvements suggested by auditors and TAPA offi cials who have come up with a better way of explaining or enforcing an existing requirement. The CCB has also received some strategic direction from the TAPA World Wide Council on how TAPA Standards should change (see Questions 3 and 4).


Question 2.


I have some comments to share on the existing Standards that may help improve the next revision. Who should I send these to and what happens with the request?


Answer: There are several ways to provide your input to TAPA. The formal way is to send your ideas to your regional TAPA administration team, who will forward your comments to the Standards Team. Or fi nd out who represents your region on the Standards Team and contact them directly.


In addition, as TAPA progresses the development of the Standards, we will send out general updates to members and seek feedback when appropriate. Look out for these messages as they are the best way to make your voice heard - but you must respond within the given timeframe.


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