12 Dec, 14:42
Prop Cian Healy is expected to miss the start of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle on Wednesday.
"There is collective responsibility to ensure that a structured process can be implemented to allow for global analysis and to monitor trends relating to the shape and character of the game.
"The framework agreed by the IRB Council will promote full rugby stakeholder consultation and the participation of Member Unions to ensure that decisions made are in the best interest of rugby worldwide," he added.
At its meeting, the IRB Council also considered the current application of the rulings relating to Laws 15 and 16 covering the tackle/ruck.
Council Members agreed to adopt the ruling as law with immediate effect.
The IRB Council also noted concerns raised by the Rugby Football Union regarding the tackle/ruck area and agreed that in light of a lack of informative data and evidence to suggest clear safety concerns across Unions, that the tackle/ruck be captured by the upcoming review.
The IRB Council also approved a request from the RFU to trial Goalscan technology in a sanctioned competition to indicate whether a kick at goal was successful or not.