What's new in International Standards
Get consumers involved
We often talk about how important standards are for consumers. They help ensure products are safe, environmentally friendly and work well. In short, without standards, life would be very difficult.
But the flipside of this relationship, how important consumers are for standards, does not always get the attention it deserves.
ISO's free-to-use online training Consumers and Standards: Partnership for a Better World provides unique insight into how to use, understand and influence international standards from a consumer rights perspective, and helps experts from other fields understand how consumer advocates approach standards.
This recently released on-line tutorial, announced in the last Consumer Update, will soon be followed by a CD Rom version, available for free.
Consumers International contributed substantially to its revision, and for further practical training, Consumers International has launched its first e-learning course supplementing its new webinar programme and resource zone.
The course is made up of five one-hour sessions, taken over a five week period starting in early November 2013. This e-learning experience will give consumer advocates the knowledge and confidence to:
- Understand what standards are and what they can do;
- Explain to others the need for consumer participation;
- Show how good standards can improve consumer goods and services;
- Find tools and resources needed to participate in standardisation use;
- Know how to use standards to improve consumer protection.
Contact email@example.com for more information and to register.
Publications that support consumer participation
See Section 7 for helpful references in Consumers and Standards: Partnership for a Better World for consumer participation (and standards development and procedures).
Many ISO/IEC publications usefully support consumer representatives, but this section will help you know what is available and which are most appropriate for your interests. As the tutorial is modular, you can navigate right to this section.
See Section 7.2.3 on ISO/IEC guides specifically written for the use of standards writers.
An ISO brochure, How ISO/IEC Guides add value to International Standards, lays out the benefits. Some examples helpful to consumer representatives are Guide 37, Instructions for the use of products by consumers; Guide 71, Guidelines for standards developers to address the needs of older persons and persons with disabilities and Guide 50, Guidelines for child safety.
How to write standards
This new 9-page ISO publication provides straightforward guidance on How to write standards in simple, easy to understand English. The text contains lots of examples, which bring the guidance to life. The booklet outlines a standard's structure and the information each section should include. It will be a useful tool for committees, where it can help make standards easier to understand, avoiding jargon and unnecessary use of technical terms. It is also a useful introduction for those new to standards development.
New occupational health and safety work
6 300 people die every day as a result of occupational accidents or work-related diseases – more than 2.3 million deaths per year.
ISO has just approved the creation of a new project committee to develop an International Standard for Occupational Health and Safety. This much-awaited standard will provide governmental agencies, industry, and other affected stakeholders with effective, usable guidance for improving worker safety in countries around the world. The work will be overseen by ISO Project Committee 283, Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements.
Revised information security management system to better tackle IT security risks
ISO/IEC 27001, the popular information security management system standard is being revised, with the new version set to be published in October 2013. Edward Humphreys, convener of the working group, explains the revision.
The role of leader competence in adventure tourism
What are the desirable competencies of activity leaders, and their results for adventure tourism? ISO/TR 21102:2013 indicates common elements indispensable for leading any successful adventure tourism activity.
Mow your lawn safely
ISO 5395-2:2013 specifies safety requirements for pedestrian-controlled lawnmowers (not for robotic and remote-controlled ones). It deals with all significant hazards, hazardous situations or events relevant to lawnmowers when used as intended and under the conditions of misuse which are reasonably foreseeable by the manufacturer.
Quality management systems: ISO 9001 draft available to buy
The Committee Draft of the revision of ISO 9001 is now available to buy from the ISO webstore for 38 Swiss francs. While still a draft and subject to change, the document gives you a chance to look at the changes already proposed.
Financial standards developers receive leadership award
The achievement of ISO technical committee 68, Financial Services, has been recognized through an award for excellence and superior performance, presented by ISO President Terry Hill on 18 September at the 36th ISO General Assembly, held in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Improved fire alarms for safer buildings
A new ISO standard on the design and installation of fire detection and alarm systems will help save lives and protect property and the environment. The purpose of such systems is to be able to detect a fire inside or outside a structure as early as possible. In the past, equipment performance has often been hampered by poor system design and installation, as well as inadequate maintenance.
How does the leading global operator in water services ensure quality to over 100 million people worldwide? By applying International Standards. Explore this issue of ISOfocus and discover how ISO standards help us manage our shared water resources equitably and durably.
Sunglasses – Not just for looks with new ISO standards
Many do not realize the importance of protecting our eyes from the sun in order to prevent cataracts, vision loss, blurriness and skin cancer, not to mention wrinkles. And if you do, how certain are you that the pair of sunglasses you bought is actually keeping you safe?
The incredible story of diving standards
Read a real story about why standards are key for the tourism industry. Here is the tale of one man, a small company, and a revolutionary standard that transformed one of the largest tourism activities worldwide: diving.
Consumers International's strategy bears fruit
Consumers International has published its annual report and strategy 2015.
Highlights include World Consumer Rights Day; the revision of the United Nations Guidelines for Consumer Protection; involvement in the G20/OECD taskforce to create principles for financial consumer protection; contribution to the development of WHO policy on non-communicable diseases; and international gathering looking at the challenges consumers face in the new digital landscape.