Health and safety

Health matters - in all communities, all over the world. Access to health services, quality care, and safe medical practices and equipment is important to people everywhere.

How do ISO standards help?

We have over 1300 standards that focus on health in many sectors, ranging from dentistry to medical devices, and health informatics to traditional medicines.

Our standards help improve health in many ways, including:

On this page you can find news and information on ISO standards and health. A complete list of ISO's work on health can be found below.

Useful information

How ISO standards can help build healthy communities

ISO 45001 - Occupational health & safety

A new standard for health and safety in the workplace is currently under development.

See our page on ISO 45001 for more information.

Useful articles

Serving South Africa the Chinese way

Africa has a tradition of using herbal medicine. For millennia, its people have healed the sick with herbal or animal-derived remedies, handed down through generations. Today, traditional (or ancestral) African medicine is still much more prevalent than its conventional Western counterpart. In fact, an estimated 70% of the population in Africa uses traditional medicine for its primary healthcare,
according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Itʼs no surprise, therefore, that Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is rapidly gaining appeal.

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International SOS breaks virtual ground

With people living in rural areas where visiting a clinic is difficult, and travellers increasingly globetrotting to far-off places, International SOS delivers remote medical support and travel security assistance to millions around the world. Here, the companyʼs management tells how strict processes are needed to ensure quality in the provision of telehealth services, and how ISO/TS 13131 has helped it reach a new high.

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How to find standards on health and safety

More than 1 300 of our 21000 standards are related to health.

They are developed by groups of experts called technical committees, each concentrating on a specific subject. One way to find standards on a particular topic is to search the work of a particular technical committee. Click on the links below to see the standards published by each technical committee.

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  • ISO 13485:2016
    Medical devices -- Quality management systems -- Requirements for regulatory purposes
  • ISO 15189:2012
    Medical laboratories -- Requirements for quality and competence
  • ISO 18308:2011
    Health informatics -- Requirements for an electronic health record architecture
  • ISO 27799:2008
    Health informatics -- Information security management in health using ISO/IEC 27002
  • ISO 7405:2008
    Dentistry -- Evaluation of biocompatibility of medical devices used in dentistry

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