ISO adds four new areas of standardisation

Issue 23 – December 2010

With a wide-ranging portfolio of over 18,500 international Standards covering almost everything from screw sizes to social responsibility, ISO's scope continues to diversify. ISO has added four new work areas for the development of Standards: treated wastewater for use in irrigation; biogas; safety of amusement park attractions; and pigments and extenders.

Treated wastewater reuse for irrigation

Severe water shortages, contamination, densely populated urban areas, intensive irrigated agriculture, and a growing population with higher standards of living makes it essential to reuse treated wastewater to increase water potential and alleviate water scarcity.

ISO will develop a Standard on the use of treated wastewater for irrigation. The Standard aims to promote best practice and prevent adverse impacts on public health, the environment, soils and crops, as a result of treated wastewater irrigation.


Biogas, the combustible mixture of gases produced as a result of manure and biological waste fermentation, has the potential to become an important source of fuel. It is globally available and a cheap source of renewable energy. The lack of international Standards in this field is slowing its development and economic use.

ISO Standards for biogas will promote its use and contribute to environmental protection, sanitary improvement, nuisance-free agriculture, recycling economy development, and poverty alleviation (in particular for rural women who are often the fuel gatherers).

Safety of amusement park attractions

ISO will develop Standards to reduce the number of preventable accidents from amusement park attractions.

Pigments and extenders

ISO will develop Standards in the field of colorants on terminology, test methods, specifications, nanoscale pigments, and extenders. These Standards are expected to help reduce costs for the industry and facilitate unambiguous testing results.

Specification standards for raw materials will contribute to the development of international trade in this field, and terminology standards will promote communication in the industry and increase efficiency.

Published in international.