ISO 37002 Whistleblowing management systems - Guidelines


The Enquiry Draft (DIS) for ISO 37002 was approved on 30th August 2020.  The working group responsible for developing the standard will consider the comments on the DIS from ISO national member bodies and TC309 external liaisons, and expect to then move to final draft approval and publication (scheduled for Q2 2021).

Scope of the standard

ISO 37002 provides guidelines for implementing, managing, evaluating, maintaining and improving a robust and effective management system within an organization for whistleblowing.

This International Standard is non-sector specific and can be used by organizations of all sizes, including SMEs, and those with international operations. It will be applicable to all organizations in the public, private, and voluntary sectors.

The standard is based on the following three principles:

1) Trust

2) Impartiality

3) Protection

and will guide organizations in managing:

• How concerns of wrongdoing are identified and reported

• How concerns of wrongdoing are assessed

• How concerns of wrongdoing are addressed

• How whistleblowing cases are closed


The ISO/TC 309/WG3 convenor is Wim Vandekerckhove (UK).

The Secretariat is held by Nele Zgavc, BSI (UK) - please contact her at for further information.


Want to get involved?

Standards are developed by the people who need them – that could mean you. Technical committees include experts from both standards and industry and these experts are put forward by ISO’s national members. If you want to help shape future standards in your field, contact your national member

External liaison organizations may also apply to be involved in the work, provided they meet certain criteria (e.g. not for profit, membership based with a process for stakeholder engagement and consensus decision-making). Please contact TC309 Secretary for more information.


Dr. Wim Vandekerckhove
Dr. Wim Vandekerckhove
Convenor, ISO/TC 309/WG 3
Please contact via WG3 Secretary
Nele Zgavc
Nele Zgavc
Secretary, TC309/WG3