CB2000-03-07

International Bottled Water Council

Meeting Minutes

March 7, 2000

London, England

 

Welcome

Stewart Allen, Chairman welcomed all and expressed his belief in the benefits in dealing with regulators based on required third party inspection and model code requirements.

 

Chapter Updates

 

Asia

 

Representatives

Ita Thaher, Secretariat

Edmund Tsui, A.S. Watson’s Water Co. Ltd.

 

Members/Inspections

Asia reported a total of 195 members (down since 1998/1999). Inspections completed were 20 by NSF (no report provided by inspection agency) and 19 (since October) by QUASI (4 failed). A total of 96 bottlers were not inspected due to difficulty in getting an agency to perform the inspections. Since QUASI was approved by IBWA, 19 bottlers were inspected compared to (the only agency approved until October 1999) NSF, with 20 inspections performed during the first 9 months of 1999.

 

Model Code

Model Code is in progress and by-laws have been submitted to the chairman. Certified Plant Operator program will start in 2000.

 

Logo Use

Use of IBWA logo is unknown at this time, but plans to get a handle of this. Asia asked about the use of logo on label. IBWA’s position is that logo is not allowed on label. Can use only the words “Member of IBWA”, but not logo.

 

Note from IBWA:

All chapters to monitor logo use and notify IBWA of problems (This was agreed to before by all chapters). After discussions on the third party inspection program and agreements made prior, all failures on inspection are now candidate bottlers until passed. Candidate Bottlers have two years to pass (and can stay on candidate program for only 2 years). General overall agreement was made for the following: Council request that NSF/QUASI inspection be the same and work to harmonize the two inspection formats.

 

Model Code changes are to be changed for local regulations. IBWA technical committee will continue to update the U.S. Model Code.

 

Australia

 

Representatives

Steve Keim, Neverfail

Tony Gentile, Secretariat

 

Members/Inspections

A total of 60 members. Staff member (Melanie McPherson) has been certified by QUASI and performed 9 pre-audits. Deadlines for audits all within 2000. All plants will be inspected by year end. If not passed, will be a candidate bottler. No report from NSF on inspections performed in 1999. List of members was attached to report hand out.

 

Model Code

Model Code harmonization is in progress/review. Will submit their Model Code draft to Council for approval.

 

Logo Use

Name change to Australian Bottled Water Institute and new logo (pending regulatory approval).

 

Canada

 

Representatives

Anita Jarjour, Naya Inc.

Phil Brooks, Polaris Water Company

 

Members/Inspections

A total of 147 members with 40 inspections, which includes 14 Excellence in Manufacturing, 9 Honourable Mentions, 3 passes and 15 failures. All failed inspections are Candidate Bottlers. Canadian bottlers now have the choice of using either NSF or QUASI for the inspections. CBWA technical committee has already requested that both inspection be similar in format. Inspection companies are contracted by CBWA, not each bottler. If failure on audit, each bottler has 90 days to correct critical points to stay a full bottler member. CBWA receives a copy of audit directly from agency and controls the process. A comment was made that all chapters should be in control and inspection companies must report to associations.

 

Model Code

Model Code in process and will harmonize with Canadian regulations (first draft is being reviewed by CBWA technical committee).

 

Logo Use

Used by members only after inspection has been passed. No recent problems with enforcement.

 

Europe

 

Representatives

Alain Beaumont, Secretariat

Richard Azera, Chateau d’eau

 

Members/Inspections

A total of 142 member (47 bottlers, 38 distributors, 58 suppliers) from 34 countries. Seven national associations are part of the European chapter, not all members of national are members of European chapter. Forty-three inspections were completed—all passed, with 4 Candidate Bottlers. A Candidate Bottlers have one year to conform to inspection standards (1 year to achieve a passing score).

 

Model Code

Model Code is based on European law (in process of completion) and has been translated into other languages.

 

Logo Use

Each bottler members must sign a logo agreement, and is enforced by the Chapter.

 

Other Business

GEMSEM/UNISEM want to create a global association to cover all bottled water. In process of writing by-laws. This would provide a unified voice to present water cooler issues to European regulatory agencies. IBWA commented they had on discussions with GEMSEM on Codex only. All discussions should be communicated to all chapters regarding this matter. No other chapters (other than Europe) have been approached. Future discussions between EBWA and GIMSEM are expected. EBWA has required observer position to see if this is feasible. Communications on discussions with GIMSEM should be directed to the Council secretrariat, then sent to all council members.

 

 

Latin America

 

Representatives

Liza Ambrogio, Secretariat

Edgar Castillo, Fca. Bebidas Gaseosas Salvavidas

 

Members/Inspections

Just hired a new Executive Director, Liza Ambrogio (present at meeting). Currently have 145 members, representing over 20 countries. Total inspections completed this year were 45%, another 50 are scheduled for inspection. Non-passing inspections will be Candidate Bottlers. 55% of plants not inspected because NSF could not do all the required inspections within the time frame. QUASI will be ready to inspect by April.

 

Model Code

Using IBWA Model Code.

 

Logo Use

Logo is not used until passed inspection.

 

United States

 

Representatives

Jeff Vinyard, Crystal Springs

John LaPides, Snow Valley Inc.

 

Members/Inspections

A total of 700 members – 230 bottlers, 40 candidate bottler, the balance associates, distributors and suppliers. A total of 292 inspections were performed by NSF, 242 passed, 50 critical points marked. All critical points have been corrected.

 

Model Code

Comments from the United States chapter were: there has been progress made within chapters. IBWA name and logo use must be in compliance with by-laws. Four years ago all chapters agreed to be in compliance by December 31, 1999. Must be listed as a Candidate Bottler after that date if no inspection passed. All chapters must comply with by-laws before US will be active with this group. All chapters discussed their views.

 

Logo Use

See above comments

 

Other Business

United States chapter maintains open communications with regional/State associations. Not all member of regional/State associations are members of chapter. Chapter still holds the Codex NGO status and will use this to represent the positions of all chapters. All chapters will receive the draft document from Berne, Switzerland discussion paper for “Other Than Natural Mineral Waters”. All comments to the Council secretrariat, then to NGO representative. Then all compiled comments will be circulated to the Council members. All regulatory comments (local/federal) are to be communicated to all chapters.

 

NOTE: Asia expressed its concerns over the lack of response by IBWA to approved a second inspection agency. For at least 4 years, Asia has consistently expressed and requested approval of another agency. Approval of QUASI was made in November1999. Since then (4 months) QUASI has inspected as many plants as NSF had from January until November (11 months). Asia felt the demands of US were unreasonable since the approval was just 4 months ago.

 

All chapters agreed to abide by IBWA by-laws, Model Code and third party inspection (and failures to Candidate status). By-laws are applied equally to all chapters.

 

 

International Council Legal Matters

By-law draft document has been prepared. Stewart suggested that a sub-committee review the draft. Alain Beaumont (Europe), Jeff Vinyard (USA), Tony Gentile (Australia), Stewart Allen (Chairman) and Betsy Griswold (Secretariat) will review the by-law draft document and a conference call will be on April 7, 2000. Time to be determined later. Sub-Committee will recommend the name for the Council (suggestions were: World Council of Bottled Water Associations, International Bottled Water Council).

 

Dues

All chapters were presented with two invoices for 2000 dues as agreed during November meeting. GST (required to collect in Canada) can be refunded. One invoice is dated March 7, 2000, the second, October 7, 2000, dividing the dues 50/50.

 

Dues for suppliers was suggested at $40/supplier member. During San Francisco meeting (Dec 1998) it was agreed that suppliers would have 2 representatives on Council. Suppliers want equal votes on Council as chapters (2 votes on administrative, 1 vote on legislation). Dues (fees) must come from an existing structure. Australia expressed concern about his supplier members, who have already received their 2000 invoices. Suppliers will discuss this with other supplier on the suggested dues (fee) and report back to the Council in June 2000.

 

Vice Chairman

Stewart will confirm interest of those nominated to date. They are Roland Bangtsson, Michael Barnett, Anita Jarjour Carlos Garciarce, and Peter Baker. In approximately 2 weeks a voting ballot will be sent by mail and/or e-mail. Discussion were held on whether terms for officers should be 1 year or 2 years.

 

Other Business

During the San Francisco meeting discussions were held on dividing up the world for the regions in each chapter. By-law committee will readdress this topic and draw circles for regional chapter. There will be some cross over regions.

 

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held in Washington, D.C. For those not able to attend personally, arrangements to join by conference call will be made. The United States chapter will be holding committee and board meetings during June 7, 8, and 9, 2000. It was requested that the Council meeting be held after the supplier committee meeting and before the board meeting. Carol Kinkade will confirm a time and book the meeting room.

 

 

The meeting of the International Council was terminated at 2:05 pm (London time)