Very often we hear that ISO is developing a new standard. For example, a new standard on Occupational Health and Safety, ISO 45001, is under development. Let’s understand how standards are developed.
ISO standards respond to a need in the market
ISO does not decide when to develop a new standard; instead, they respond to a request from the industry or other stakeholders, such as, consumer groups. Typically, an industry sector or group communicates the need for a standard to its national member who then contacts ISO.
ISO standards are based on global expert opinion
ISO standards are developed by groups of experts from all over the world, who are part of larger groups called technical committees. These experts negotiate all aspects of the standard, including its scope, key definitions, and content.
ISO standards are developed through a multi-stakeholder process
The technical committees are made up of experts from the relevant industry, but also from consumer associations, academia, NGOs, and government.
ISO standards are based on a consensus
Developing ISO standards is a consensus-based approach and comments from all stakeholders are taken into account.
About the Author
Madhavi Shrivastava has served as Mireaux’s Management System Consultant and Lead Auditor since 2013. She applies her unique skills and expertise in helping clients achieve compliance and get the most from their management systems and processes.