From Standards for fireworks to sustainable development ISO tackles new areas

Issue 41 – August 2012

With a wide-ranging portfolio of over 19 100 international Standards covering almost everything from screw sizes to social responsibility, the International Organization for Standardization's scope continues to diversify with the recent addition of seven new work areas for Standards development.

These work areas are as follows.

  • Coalbed methane

  • Fireworks

  • Carbon capture and storage

  • Biomimetics

  • Facilities management

  • Sustainable development in communities

  • Railway applications

ISO Secretary-General Rob Steele comments: 'Every year ISO gets involved in more areas. Some, like coalbed methane, offer solutions to technical issues; others, like biomimetics, are a clear example of the importance of Standards in promoting innovation; and there are those like sustainable development in communities, which focus on management and best practice to safeguard our planet. All of these are exciting subjects, and the ISO consensus-building platform is the way to develop and disseminate harmonised global solutions to the issues.

'This growing scope demonstrates why ISO is becoming another way of saying “confidence” when it comes to addressing global Standards solutions. Global problems require global solutions, and ISO has passed the test of time as a provider of practical international Standards. Its flexibility in tackling extremely diverse subjects successfully is proof of its success.'

Summarised from an ISO media release, 4 July 2012.

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