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ISO DIS 22320 circulated for ballot

ISO 22320 was first published by ISO/TC 223 on Societal security and is now under revision. The work has reached the Draft International Standard stage and is available for public review. The title of the standard has changed to "Security and resilience - Emergency management - Guidelines for incident management" indicating the new direction that the standard has taken.

Disasters and other major incidents require coordinated incident management in order to save lives, reduce harm and damage, and to ensure an appropriate level of continuity of essential societal functions.

Such functions include health, telecommunication, water and food supply, and access to electricity and fuel. While in the past the focus of incident management has been national, regional or within single organizations, today and for the future there is a need for a multinational and multi-organizational approach. This need is driven by relationships and interdependencies between governments, non-governmental organizations (NGO), civil society organizations (CSO), and the private sector internationally.

This standard provides guidance for organizations to improve their handling of all types of incidents. Multiple incident management activities are often shared between organizations and agencies, with the private sector, regional organizations, and governments, have different levels of jurisdiction. Involved organizations require the ability to share a common approach across geographical, political and organizational boundaries.

Key features of ISO 22320

This standard assists organizations in preparing for, and responding to incidents at the local, regional, national, and possibly international level, including those who

  • are responsible for, and participating in, incident preparation
  • offer guidance and direction in incident management,
  • are responsible for communication and interaction with the public.
  • do research in the field of incident management.

What can you do?

This standard is in the final voting stage before being published as an international standard, and is available for review and comment until Dec 1, 2017. It has been submitted to ISO member countries for voting.  You can help to shape the final published standard by contacting your National Standard Body  and get access to the document and submit your comments. 

Your comments will be forwarded to the mirror committee responsible for developing your national position and voting on the draft standard.