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ISO 22300:2012 Societal security – Terminology

This International Standard contains terms and their definitions applicable to societal security. It is a useful reference for those developing standards in the area of societal security.

ISO 22300 sets out the terms and definitions used in the ISO/TC 223 family of standards to encourage consistency.


Norma McCormick (Canada), the project leader responsible for deloping ISO 22300, explains:  

"An important aspect to consider when developing terminology standards are not to use words or phrases that present problems in translation. This concern will be addressed in the revision process so it is important to involve representatives of the language groups into which our standards may be translated. At our Cape Town meeting, five languages were present (German, Russian, French, Afrikaans and English). Additional participation by others interested in translation issues will be welcomed."

ISO 22300:2012, Societal security – Terminology, is available from ISO national member institutes. It may also be obtained directly from the ISO Central Secretariat,  respectively through the ISO Store or by contacting the Marketing, Communication & Information department.

Important note: ISO 22300:2012 has been revised and replaced by a new version called ISO 22300:2018 Security and resilience - Vocabulary