International Rubber Study Group (IRSG)
The International Rubber Study Group (IRSG) is an intergovernmental organisation recognised as an international body. Its Secretariat is currently located in Singapore.
The IRSG provides a forum for the discussion of matters affecting the supply and demand of both synthetic and natural rubber. It covers all aspects of the world rubber industry, including marketing, shipping, distribution and trade in raw materials and the manufacture and sale of rubber products.
The Study Group is the authoritative source of statistical data supplied by Member State Governments and other countries and organisations on production, consumption and trade in rubber and rubber products. It prepares current estimates and forecasts future trends, and undertakes and publishes statistical, economic and techno-economic studies on specific aspects of the industry.
Since the demise of the International Natural Rubber Organisation in 2001, the IRSG is the only remaining global platform for the co-operation in the field of natural and synthetic rubber. The IRSG is also the only international organisation dealing with natural rubber where consumers are represented alongside producers, providing the only neutral forum for contacts and discussions between these two categories of market actors.
The European Community, represented by the European Commission, became a member of the IRSG in 2002. On 14 July 2011 the Heads of Delegation of the IRSG agreed on amendments to the Group’s Constitution and Rules of Procedure. These have been applied by the European Union on a provisional basis since September 2011 and were formally accepted in April 2012.
The aim of the European Union's membership is to contribute to the improvement of the competitive situation of the EU rubber producing and consuming industries, many of these being SMEs. In particular, the activities of the IRSG are enhancing the transparency of market developments and thus contribute to avoiding excessive commodity price volatility, playing an important role in carrying out the G-20 agenda on commodities.
The European Commission works closely with the EU Member States for the formulation of the EU's positions within the IRSG, taking into account also the views of the European tyre and rubber industry.
2011/664/ : Council Decision of 12 September 2011 on the signing, on behalf of the European Union, and provisional application of the amended Constitution and Rules of Procedure of the International Rubber Study Group
OJ L 264, 8.10.2011, p. 12–13
International Rubber Study Group Constitution
OJ L 264, 8.10.2011, p. 14–24
2012/283/EU : Council Decision of 24 April 2012 on the conclusion by the European Union of the amended Constitution and Rules of Procedure of the International Rubber Study Group
OJ L 141, 31.5.2012, p. 1–2
Link to IRSG website: www.rubberstudy.com