Health and safety

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

How do ISO standards help?

We have over 1300 standards that focus on health and safety 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 and safety. A complete list of ISO's work in this area can be found below.

In addition you can learn more about ISO standards and health from our #healthstandards campaign.

Useful information

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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

ISO’s two-step solution to improving sanitation for 2.4 billion people

by Maria Lazarte

Many of us take toilets for granted, yet as many as one in three people are struggling because they lack access to one. This can lead to poor health, absenteeism from work and school, lack of privacy and safety, reduced concentration and exhaustion. In fact, loss of productivity from poor sanitation and hygiene is estimated to cost many countries up to 5 % of GDP. ISO standards can help reverse this trend and improve the quality of life and dignity of 2.4 billion people.

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Pharma sector gets new ISO tool for drug identification

by Elisabeth Gasiorowski-Denis

With hundreds of thousands of prescription drugs on the market, the pharmaceutical sector faces an increasingly complex and risky challenge. Rapid growth in the number of available medications may be contributing to increased uncertainties. That is where the new ISO IDMP (IDentification of Medicinal Products) comes in.

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News archive

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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