ISO 37002 Whistleblowing management systems - Guidelines

In November 2016, ISO/ TC309 formed an Ad Hoc Group (AHG) to examine the feasibility of, and prepare the new work item proposal for, a new international guidance standard on whistleblowing. A new work item proposal was submitted for ballot which was subsequently approved in June 2018. Work on the new standard ISO 37002 was assigned to ISO/TC 309 Working Group 3 (WG3) and the first meetings took place in Sydney (November 2018) and Paris (March 2019). Comments from the first committee draft were reviewed in November 2019 in New Delhi. The adjusted committee draft was issued to ISO/TC 309 in December 2019 and the comments received will be reviewed at the March 2020 meeting in London. The standard is scheduled for publication by the end of 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?

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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