Standards Review Mechanism Tripartite Working Group (SRM TWG)

First meeting of the SRM TWG (February 2016)

The SRM TWG met for the first time in February 2016 in Geneva with the aim of defining its programme of work.

Preparatory Documents

The Office prepared two documents to facilitate discussions at this meeting. The first working paper was intended to intended to facilitate the work of SRM TWG in defining its programme of work. The second working paper supplemented this by describing the terminology used to describe the status of instruments as well as the method used to group them.


Office presentations were made on Day 1 and Day 2 of the meeting.

Organization and Planning

The SRM TWG met for four days, completing its work 1.5 days earlier than expected, following constructive tripartite discussions. The meeting was attended by its 32 members and chaired by Mr. Jan Farzan (Germany).

The final agenda of the meeting can be found here and its participant list is available here.


The report of the first meeting of the SRM TWG was submitted to the Governing Body at its 326th Session.

The Governing Body decided to approve an initial programme of work for the SRM TWG that reviews a total of 231 international labour standards organized into 20 thematic sets of instruments grouped by strategic objective. The Governing Body confirmed the dates of the SRM TWG’s second meeting, and that it would, at that meeting, consider the unfinished follow-up to the instruments previously identified as outdated. In addition, the Governing Body referred the maritime-related instruments to the Special Tripartite Committee established under Article XIII of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006) for its expert review and report to the Governing Body.