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ISO 22392 Security and resilience - Community resilience - Guidelines for conducting peer reviews

This International Standard gives guidelines on general issues in conducting peer reviews of community resilience and design a peer review tool to assess community preparedness for disasters. It also describes how to implement the peer review tool and design the methodology to assess its impact. The standard is applicable to all types and sizes of organizations, whether large or small, public or private, listed or unlisted, not-for-profit or for-profit.


Duncan Shaw (UK), the project leader responsible for writing ISO 22392, explains:

“Local organizations and governments are closest to citizens and communities, playing a vital role in responding to emergencies and delivering essential services which must be resilient to disasters. To respond to calls to prevent and prepare communities for disasters, local organizations need better access to policies, tools and rigorous, expert critique. Self-assessment tools on how well prepared they are for disaster are available but are often cumbersome to apply. Peer reviews are also important – here a peer review is an independent evaluation of DRR practices by others working in the same field. Peer review of community mechanisms could offer a transparent assessment, adding clear value to building local and national resilience. These peer review methods could be used by local governments to assist community resilience organizations in reflecting on, assessing and improving their preparedness for disaster."

This international standard on guidelines for information exchange in partnering arrangements assist in setting up practices for successful information exchange with the objective to strengthen coping capacity in the society will further contribute to societal resilience.

ISO 22392:2020, Security and resilience - Community resilience - Guidelines for peer review, 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.