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March-April 2016

ISOfocus March April 2016 - Lifesigns


Whether we like it or not, public health challenges are no longer just local, national or regional. They are global. So how can International Standards help?

In this issue of ISOfocus, we look at where the progress is happening, who's to benefit, and what you (and the healthcare industry around the world) can do about it all. We also investigate some of the most interesting, important and complex advances in healthcare today.

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Things you need to know about health-centric lighting

Feeling tired this morning? Blame it on the light. In fact, light impacts our circadian rhythms more powerfully than any drug – welcome to the world of "health-centric lighting"

The effect of light on the body represents a new opportunity to advance the lighting industry

Leading articles from this issue

Putting traditions to the test

by Elizabeth Gasiorowski-Denis

Despite being in existence for so long, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is still clouded in mystery and myths.
Hereʼs one mystery revealed. The 2015 Nobel Prize in Medicine - awarded to a TCM expert for her anti-malarial Artemisinin - has ignited an intense sense of elevated hopes on the future and standards for the sector.

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Curbing death and injury with safer medication

by Garry Lambert

ISO is updating and expanding its key Identification of Medicinal Products (IDMP)
standards to help stem the global toll of death and injury caused by medication errors.

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The patient comes first

With medical devices ranging from simple needles to life-saving high-tech implants, ensuring the highest possible level of safety is one of the industryʼs greatest priorities.
Here, as the Chair of the ISO technical committee for quality management and related general aspects for medical devices, Dr. Eamonn Hoxey shares his thoughts about the industry, its exponential growth, and why uniform and consistent standards are important.

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About ISOfocus magazine

Published in English, French and Spanish six times per year, ISOfocus is your gateway to International Standards. Whether a multinational enterprise faced with major decisions or a small business looking for ideas, ISOfocus seeks to provide both the kind of overviews that strategic planners need and the little details that can make a big difference.

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Elizabeth Gasiorowski-Denis
Elizabeth Gasiorowski-Denis
Elizabeth Gasiorowski-Denis
Editor-in-Chief of ISOfocus
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