ISO Guides

Guides are documents that provide advice

  • to standards writers on how to deal with specific issues when drafting standards; OR
  • to national standards bodies on how to deal with issues specific to standardization principles.

A number of Guides are jointly developed between ISO and IEC and then published as ISO/IEC Guides.

Many of these issues are broad and therefore of interest to a wide range of ISO committees – for example, guidance on how to take account of sustainability in the drafting of standards (ISO Guide 82), or methods of regional or national adoption of standards (ISO/IEC Guide 21).

There are also a number of Guides on more specialized topics that are designed for use by committees working in particular sectors – for example, rules for drafting and presentation of safety standards for machinery (ISO Guide 78) or guidance on the inclusion of safety aspects in standards for medical devices (ISO/IEC Guide 63).

The collection of Guides is continually evolving. Here you can see the full and up-to-date list of guides.

ISO/IEC Guide 2:2004
Standardization and related activities -- General vocabulary

ISO/IEC Guide 14:2003
Purchase information on goods and services intended for consumers

ISO/IEC Guide 17:2016
Guide for writing standards taking into account the needs of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises

ISO/IEC Guide 21-1:2005
Regional or national adoption of International Standards and other International Deliverables -- Part 1: Adoption of International Standards

ISO/IEC Guide 21-2:2005
Regional or national adoption of International Standards and other International Deliverables -- Part 2: Adoption of International Deliverables other than International Standards

ISO/IEC Guide 23:1982
Methods of indicating conformity with standards for third-party certification systems

ISO Guide 27:1983
Guidelines for corrective action to be taken by a certification body in the event of misuse of its mark of conformity

ISO Guide 30:2015
Reference materials -- Selected terms and definitions

ISO Guide 31:2015
Reference materials -- Contents of certificates, labels and accompanying documentation

ISO Guide 33:2015
Reference materials -- Good practice in using reference materials

ISO Guide 34:2009
General requirements for the competence of reference material producers

ISO Guide 35:2006
Reference materials -- General and statistical principles for certification

ISO/IEC Guide 37:2012
Instructions for use of products by consumers

ISO/IEC Guide 41:2003
Packaging -- Recommendations for addressing consumer needs

ISO/IEC Guide 46:1985
Comparative testing of consumer products and related services -- General principles

ISO/IEC Guide 50:2014
Safety aspects -- Guidelines for child safety in standards and other specifications

ISO/IEC Guide 51:2014
Safety aspects -- Guidelines for their inclusion in standards

ISO/IEC Guide 59:1994
Code of good practice for standardization

ISO/IEC Guide 60:2004
Conformity assessment -- Code of good practice

ISO/IEC Guide 63:2012
Guide to the development and inclusion of safety aspects in International Standards for medical devices

ISO Guide 64:2008
Guide for addressing environmental issues in product standards

ISO/IEC Guide 68:2002
Arrangements for the recognition and acceptance of conformity assessment results

ISO/IEC Guide 71:2014
Guide for addressing accessibility in standards

ISO Guide 73:2009
Risk management -- Vocabulary

ISO/IEC Guide 74:2004
Graphical symbols -- Technical guidelines for the consideration of consumers' needs

ISO/IEC Guide 75:2006
Strategic principles for future IEC and ISO standardization in industrial automation

ISO/IEC Guide 76:2008
Development of service standards -- Recommendations for addressing consumer issues

ISO/IEC Guide 77-1:2008
Guide for specification of product properties and classes -- Part 1: Fundamental benefits

ISO/IEC Guide 77-2:2008
Guide for specification of product properties and classes -- Part 2: Technical principles and guidance

ISO/IEC Guide 77-3:2008
Guide for specification of product properties and classes -- Part 3: Experience gained

ISO Guide 78:2012
Safety of machinery -- Rules for drafting and presentation of safety standards

ISO Guide 80:2014
Guidance for the in-house preparation of quality control materials (QCMs)

ISO Guide 82:2014
Guidelines for addressing sustainability in standards

ISO/IEC Guide 98-1:2009
Uncertainty of measurement -- Part 1: Introduction to the expression of uncertainty in measurement

ISO/IEC Guide 98-3:2008
Uncertainty of measurement -- Part 3: Guide to the expression of uncertainty in measurement (GUM:1995)

ISO/IEC Guide 98-3:2008/Suppl 1:2008/Cor 1:2009

ISO/IEC Guide 98-3:2008/Suppl 1:2008
Propagation of distributions using a Monte Carlo method

ISO/IEC Guide 98-3:2008/Suppl 2:2011
Extension to any number of output quantities

ISO/IEC Guide 98-4:2012
Uncertainty of measurement -- Part 4: Role of measurement uncertainty in conformity assessment

ISO/IEC Guide 99:2007
International vocabulary of metrology -- Basic and general concepts and associated terms (VIM)