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Consensus International Data Quality and Peer Review Standards
by The Center for Regulatory Effectiveness (Other relevant actor)
CRE will coordinate an effort to establish consensus international standards for data quality and peer review. These standards will apply to the study and regulation of marine sound. When completed, these standards should apply to other marine endeavors.

We are focusing on marine sound at the outset because CRE has established expertise in this area, and because there are several other voluntary commitments addressing marine sound.These other voluntary commitments stress the need to develop international best practices for underwater noise. They emphasize that there is an urgent need to standardize methods for assessing the impacts of sound on marine species and to address the cumulative effects of different sources. CRE's voluntary commitment will help these other commitments achieve their goals by coordinating the development of international data quality, peer review and other best practices for studying and regulating underwater noise. CRE's voluntary commitment will proceed in five phases.

First, CRE will review existing Data Quality and Peer Review Standards. CREs review will include but not be limited to the U.S. Information Quality Act Guidelines, and the JNCCs Evidence Quality Assurance . CRE will seek public assistance in identifying existing Data Quality and Peer Review Standards. CRE will solicit information and comments on existing Standards through direct email contact; through CRE's website, http://thecre.com/unforum/, and through the website of CRE's sister organization and commitment partner CRE Brazil, http://cre.org.br/index.php?language=eng .

Second, CRE will prepare and publish draft recommended International Consensus Data Quality and Peer Review Standards. When it publishes these draft Standards, CRE will publish and respond to all comments and information it has received on existing Standards. CRE will solicit information and comments on these draft International Standards through direct email contacts and through the CRE websites identified above.

Third, CRE will publish final recommended International Consensus Data Quality and Peer Review Standards. When it publishes these final recommended International Standards, CRE will publish and respond to all comments and information it has received on the draft Standards. CRE will solicit information and comments on these final recommended International Standards through direct email contacts and through the websites identified above.

Fourth, after reviewing and responding to all comments and information on the final recommended International Standards, CRE will publish final Standards through direct email contacts and through the websites identified above.

Fifth, CRE will encourage adoption of the Final International Consensus Data Quality and Peer Review Standards by presenting them in relevant proceedings and meetings of nations and international bodies who regulate and/or study anthropogenic marine sound, and by other means.
Progress reports
14.2
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Other (please specify): develop methods for accurately and reliably measuring and regulating marine sound
14.a
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
  • Other (please specify): develop methods for accurately and reliably measuring and regulating marine sound
14.c
Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want
Type of commitment
  • Other (please specify): develop methods for accurately and reliably measuring and regulating marine sound
March 2019
CRE will solicit information and comments on existing Standards on Data Quality and Peer Review
March 2021
After reviewing and responding to all comments and information on draft recommended International Standards, CRE will prepare, publish, and solicit comment on final recommended Consensus International Data Quality and Peer Review Standards.
October 2020
After reviewing and responding to its solicitation on existing Standards, CRE will prepare and publish draft recommended consensus International Data Quality and Peer Review Standards.
September 2021
After reviewing and responding to all comments and information on the final recommended Consensus International Standards, CRE will publish final Standards.
Staff / Technical expertise
Center for Regulatory Effectiveness
Staff / Technical expertise
Center for Regulatory Effectiveness Brazil
Basic information
Time-frame: January 2019 - ongoing
Partners
The Center for Regulatory Effectiveness (other relevant actor), The Center for Regulatory Effectiveness Brazil (other relevant actor)
Ocean Basins
  • Arctic Ocean
  • Global
  • Indian Ocean
  • North Atlantic
  • North Pacific
  • South Atlantic
  • South Pacific
  • Southern Ocean
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
All nations and international bodies who regulate and/or study anthropogenic marine sound; academic or other institutions that study anthropogenic marine sound.
Contact information
Jim Tozzi, Director, Center for Regulatory Effectiveness, tozzi@thecre.com, 202/2652383
Washington, D.C. United States
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