International Standard looks to curb theft of personal data

Privacy has taken on new dimensions in our hyperconnected world. New guidance from IEC, ISO and ITU – the world’s three leading international standards bodies – has just been published, providing a code of practice for the protection of personally identifiable information.

Uber is making headlines for its reaction to the theft of personal data of 57 million drivers and users. The July 2017 breach of Equifax, a large US credit bureau, exposed the social security numbers, birthdates and addresses of 143 million people. And last month, Yahoo, just prior to its acquisition by telecommunications conglomerate Verizon, shared new intelligence that a data breach in 2013, thought to have affected only a billion users, had in fact compromised all three billion Yahoo user accounts.

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Vote starts on final draft of ISO 45001 for occupational health and safety

Every day, thousands of lives are lost due to work accidents or fatal diseases linked to work activities. These are deaths that could and should have been prevented, and must be in the future. A new standard in development aims to help organizations do just that, and it has now reached one of the final stages in its development.

ISO 45001Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements with guidance for use, will help organizations provide a safe and healthy workplace for its workers and other people, prevent deaths, work-related injury and ill health as well as continually improve occupational health and safety (OH&S) performance...

New edition of ISO/IEC 17025 just published

The most popular standard for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories has just been updated, taking into account the latest changes in laboratory environment and work practices.

ISO/IEC 17025:2017General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories, is the international reference for laboratories carrying out calibration and testing activities around the world.

Producing valid results that are widely trusted is at the heart of laboratory activities. ISO/IEC 17025:2017 allows laboratories to implement a sound quality system and demonstrate that they are technically competent and able to produce valid and reliable results.

ISO/IEC 17025 also helps facilitate cooperation between laboratories and other bodies by generating wider acceptance of re...

Highlighting the importance of standards on World Aids Day

Today is World AIDS Day, a day to show support for people living with HIV, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. It’s also a day to raise awareness about condom safety.

Condoms are highly effective in providing protection against HIV, that attacks the body’s immune system and can lead to AIDS, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). And to make sure that condoms indeed function in this capacity, they are manufactured and tested to the highest ISO standards to ensure that they don’t break or leak when used.

ISO’s work on condoms is carried out by technical committee ISO/TC 157 on non-systemic contraceptives and STI barrier prophylactics...