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Free availability of standards

In the context of the COVID-19 crisis, there have been requests from both ISO members and regional standards organizations to consider making a number of ISO Standards and their national adoptions freely accessible in order to support global efforts to deal with the effects on businesses and organizations.

After consultation with the ISO President and the Chair of ISO’s Commercial Policy Advisory Group (CPAG), it has been decided that the National Standards Bodies (NSB) can make the following standards (“licensed materials”) freely accessible online but in read-only format:

  • ISO 374-5:2016, Protective gloves against dangerous chemicals and micro-organisms - Part 5: Terminology and performance requirements for micro-organisms risks
  • ISO 10993-1:2018, Biological evaluation of medical devices – Part 1: Evaluation and testing within a risk management process
  • ISO 13688:2013, Protective clothing – General requirements
  • ISO 22301:2019, Security and resilience – Business continuity management systems –Requirements
  • ISO 22395:2018, Security and resilience – Community resilience – Guidelines for supporting vulnerable persons in an emergency
  • ISO 22320:2018, Security and resilience – Emergency management – Guidelines for incident management  
  • ISO 22316:2017, Security and resilience – Organizational resilience – Principles and attributes
  • ISO 31000:2018, Risk management – Guidelines  

Each NSB has the right to sell standards in their country, but many has already decided to follow this suggestion. Please contact your NSB for more information.   

Several of the standards that ISO has identified comes from ISO/TC 292 and hopefully these can help during the Covid-19 crisis and the committee will continue to develop more standards that will contribute to a more safe, secure and resilient society.