The R2 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) met in Maryland earlier this month and made significant progress towards a draft of the next version of the R2 Standard. The multi-stakeholder TAC has been working very hard over the past three years to improve the R2 Standard. While there are still questions to be answered and changes to be made, consensus was found among stakeholders in many areas.
The revised R2 Standard will appear significantly different in its new structure. While many of the requirements are the same, the standard has evolved to better address the diverse business models in the industry. Recyclers, refurbishers, collectors, ITAD providers, and service providers that make up the global reverse logistics supply chain will all benefit from the new structure. The intent is to streamline the fit of the R2 Standard to these different business models while still maintaining the rigor and consistency of R2 Certification. Many should see a more streamlined fit that focuses on the processes each organization specializes in. Data security is also a primary focus of the revision. This area, currently known as Provision 8, will be greatly expanded in the next release.
It is anticipated that a draft will be available for public comment in the next few months, with a final revision released in 2019. R2 Certified companies will be afforded a transition period to upgrade to the new format and requirements, and SERI will offer many training opportunities to help with the transition.