ISO/TC 211 Information concerning the planned plenary week in Helsinki, Finland in June 

Greetings to all TC 211 members,

As you know, and with reference to N5290, Mats and I have been staying in close contact with our meeting organizers in Finland, and staying informed on recommendations from WHO and our national authorities in connection with the development of the coronavirus situation. We have seen the evolvement hour by hour, and just as we were preparing ourselves to take a more rapid decision that earlier expected, ISO Central has today published information regarding ISO meetings. Citing from ISO: “In light of the above, it has been decided with the support of the ISO President’s Committee that all ISO governance and technical meetings planned until 30 June 2020 must be held virtually or postponed until after that date.”

As much as it pains us, and being aware of the inconveniences for you, we are now forced to cancel the physical meeting week in Espoo, Finland June 8th-12th 2020.  

Our planning has now shifted to determine how we can best do some virtual activities to replace the face-to-face meetings. Mats and I will have a teleconference with the WG/JWG/AG convenors very soon for the further planning. Our current thinking is for each WG/JWG/AG to teleconference (virtual) sessions during the week they were planned to be in Espoo. To what extent it is possible to carry out plenary sessions by web, is too early to say for the moment. 

Mats and I would like to thank the organizers in Finland, Jari Reini and Mikko Huttunen, for taking on the task of hosting the meeting week and all the preparation work put in so far. We do hope to see Finland as host in a future meeting.

As new information becomes available, we will keep you informed. Please do not hesitate to contact the committee chair, the committee manager, or the convenors, for your questions.  

Our best regards,

Agneta Engberg
Chair of ISO/TC 211
Mats Åhlin                
Committee manager ISO/TC 211




Aalto University Otaniemi, Espoo, Finland Undergraduate Centre (Kandidaattikeskus) Otakaari 1 02150 Espoo

Meeting Host:

Finnish Standards Association (SFS)