ISO has just published two new brochures aimed at the continual improvement of the processes employed by the organization and its partners to develop International Standards that provide benefits for business, government and society.

ISO standards, of which there are more than 18 500 in its current portfolio, are built on international consensus and input from the broadest possible range of stakeholders. The new brochures provide guidance for, respectively, the national standards bodies that provide delegations to participate in developing ISO standards, as well as over 500 liaison organizations from the public and private sectors with a stake in one or more specific aspects of ISO’s work, such as standards for health, safety or the environment.

The new brochures are:

  • Guidance for national standards bodies – Engaging stakeholders and building consensus
  • Guidance for ISO liaison organizations – Engaging stakeholders and building consensus

They have been authored by the Process Evaluation Group (PEG) set up by the ISO Technical Management Board (ISO/TMB) which oversees the work of the more than 3 200 technical groups that develop ISO standards. As part of the input to the project, the PEG carried out a survey of national standards bodies and liaison organizations to identify areas for improvement and best practice.

ISO Vice-President (technical management) and TMB Chair, Mr. Jacob Holmblad, explains the context which has given rise to the new guidance brochures: “More than 40 new technical groups have been established in the last couple of years to develop ISO standards for issues as varied as information and societal security, response to climate change, energy efficiency and renewable resources, sustainable building design and operation, water services, nanotechnologies, intelligent transport systems, food safety management, health informatics and social responsibility. This suggests that ISO standards are increasingly seen as offering practical solutions to a wide range of challenges facing the international community.

“But instead of allowing us to become complacent will we make use of the success to strive even harder to satisfy the requirements of the new stakeholders we are working with and to make the international consensus on which ISO standards are based even more robust. We strongly encourage all national standards bodies and liaison organizations to implement the useful guidance in these new brochures. ”

Guidance for ISO liaison organizations - Engaging stakeholders and building consensus

Guidance for ISO liaison organizations - Engaging stakeholders and building consensus

This brochure aims to help liaison organizations in the continual improvement of the processes employed by ISO and its partners to develop International Standards that provide benefits for business, government and society.

Guidance for national standards bodies - Engaging stakeholders and building consensus

Guidance for national standards bodies - Engaging stakeholders and building consensus

This brochure aims to help national standards bodies in the continual improvement of the processes employed by ISO and its partners to develop International Standards that provide benefits for business, government and society.