In 2013, the members of FIVS endorsed by consensus a set of good regulatory practice principles for wine. It was a ground-breaking piece of work, with the potential to have significant trade-facilitating impacts. After considering these principles, the governments of the World Wine Trade Group (WWTG) endorsed a slightly modified, but similar set in its “Tbilisi Statement” of 2014. Within a few months, members of the FIVS Scientific and Technical Committee, working independently and also in conjunction with participants of the International Wine Technical Summit (IWTS), began producing a series of technical documents related to several of the Principles to illustrate how practical application might occur. Some of these papers have been presented at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation’s (APEC) Wine Regulatory Forum (WRF) and one of them (on the microbiological safety of wine) has been endorsed by the governments of the WWTG. In addition, to increase familiarity with the concepts involved, the principles were presented at the International Organisation of Vine and Wine’s (OIV) Congress in Argentina in 2014, and three of the implementation papers have been presented at the OIV Scientific Congress over the last few years (see specific links below).
We are happy to report this activity is ongoing. FIVS has already agreed on a second set of principles and some of these are under consideration and gradually being endorsed by several governments. Further technical implementation papers are being produced by the FIVS Scientific and Technical Committee for consideration within the IWTS. Accordingly, we envisage that this tool will be regularly updated and will comprise a more and more significant body of work on the sound regulation of wine from a technical perspective.