When you are sick and injured, the last thing you want is to worry about the safety and effectiveness of medical equipment and products.

International standards protect the health and safety of patients and healthcare providers.

Governments can use them as a technical basis for healthcare legislation to ensure their communities receive the quality of care they deserve. For healthcare organizations, standards are a harmonizing force that helps increase the effectiveness of medical care across countries. And for manufacturers, standards make it easier to develop safe and realiable products.

International Standards are important to us all.

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The new dawn of disease control

In our evermore complex, interconnected world, with health systems undergoing new challenges and stresses, risk management in the healthcare industry has never been more important. Three ISO standards play a significant role in matching clinical quality with patient safety and best practice, helping not only to deal with risks but also to prevent them in the first place.

Are your health services up to standard?

Are your health services up to standard?

What if there were no standards in the health industry? Standards ensure things work, from keeping bugs at bay of our medical devices to making sure all the important medical information is clearly labelled.

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On target to save lives

Some 16 billion injections are administered around the world every year, each one bringing with it a risk of transmitting disease. Reusing a syringe increases that risk exponentially. ISO is tackling the problem with standards for single-use syringes and a set of requirements to prevent unintentional needle-stick injuries. Some of these standards are being updated to make them even more fit for purpose.

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ISO and health

We have over 1200 standards focusing on health in many sectors, from dentistry to medical devices, and health informatics to traditional medicines.


With health systems undergoing new challenges and stresses, international standards have never been more important.

From government to healthcare providers, making sure that everyone can obtain efficient and affordable care is an important goal. This means that the organizations and people involved must be able to deliver what patients need, when they need it.

With standards for health services, health providers can offer the best care they can.


Healthcare organization management

Healthcare services management has a lot of moving pieces: facilities, medical equipment, staff, patients… find out what the new ISO committee on healthcare organization will focus on.

Clean bill of health

Clean bill of health

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Here’s the cost of healthcare.

Medicine pills

The right medication for the right patient

Medication errors and adverse drug events can occur in nearly half of all surgical procedures, according to one study.
Many are caused by mistakes in labelling, incorrect dosage and documentation errors.
ISO can help.

Quality of medical devices

Quality and safety are non-negotiable in the medical devices industry.
ISO standards intend to keep it that way.

Medical devices refer to the products used in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of medical conditions, from wound dressings to life-support machines.

ISO 13485 sets out the requirements for a quality management system specific to the medical devices industry. The standard has recently been updated with improvements that broaden its applicability to all organizations involved in the life cycle of medical products, ensure greater alignment with regulatory requirements, and place more focus on post-market surveillance, including complaint handling, infrastructure and risk management.

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The patient comes first

With medical devices ranging from simple needles to life-saving high-tech implants, how can we ensure the highest possible level of safety?

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ISO 13485

All you need to know about ISO 13485, a key standard for organizations working in the design, production, installation and servicing of medical devices and related services.


Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all ages is essential to sustainable development

Goal 3 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals focuses on good health and well-being. ISO standards contribute in many ways to this important milestone, not least by ensuring the devices and products we need to keep healthy, or recover from illness, work as intended.

For example, there are ISO guidelines for the delivery of telehealth services that ensure consistent, quality remote medical assistance, while safeguarding a client’s data. Similarly, standards can help regulate the effect on our body of light from electronic devices, shown in recent studies to have an adverse impact on sleep. These are just a few examples of how standards are looking out for us, but there are many more.

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Partners in health

While some countries have made great progress toward universal health coverage, half the world’s population are still unable to obtain the health services they need. ISO’s collaboration with the World Health Organization is working to change things.

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The world’s health at heart

Global health is at the heart of the UN’s sustainable development goal 3.

How does ISO contribute to a healthier society?

Light bulb

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" and find out how it affects you.

Old Chinese medicine book

Putting traditions to the test

Despite being in existence for so long, Traditional Chinese Medicine is still clouded in mystery and myths. Hereʼs one mystery revealed.