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 ISO 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.
Miriam Boudreaux is the CEO and Founder of Mireaux Management Solutions, a Technology and Consulting firm headquartered in Houston, TX. Mireaux is an ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 27001:2013 certified company and its services encompass ISO and API Certification Consulting, Auditing, On-site and Public Training, Managed Services, and its software Web QMS. With over 25 years of experience in the ISO and API standards, Miriam loves writing about the many benefit the standards can bring to organizations who wish to become certified.