ISO 37301:2021 Compliance management systems - Requirements with guidance for use


ISO 37301:2021 - published on 13 April 2021 - specifies requirements and provides guidance for use for establishing, developing, implementing, evaluating, maintaining and improving an effective and responsive compliance management system within an organization. The requirements are generic and are intended to be applicable to all organizations, regardless of type, size and nature of activity, and whether in the public, private or not-for-profit sectors.

The standard is based on the principles of good governance, proportionality, transparency and sustainability.

This is a Type A management systems standard  and can be integrated with other management systems standards such as ISO 9001 (quality), ISO 14001 (environment) and ISO 37001 (anti-bribery).    

The Introduction, Scope and Terms and Definitions for ISO 37301:2021 can be accessed at the ISO Online Browsing Platform.



Following the systematic review of ISO 19600:2014 Compliance management systems - Guidelines, TC309 requested a task group to examine the options for a revision and in September 2018, it was agreed to revise ISO 19600 as a requirements standard (with a new number, ISO 37301). The work was assigned to ISO/TC 309 Working Group 4 (WG4). The consultation draft and ballot (DIS) for ISO 37301 closed on 5th June 2020, and the draft was APPROVED. The comments made on the DIS were discussed by WG4, the Final Draft ballot (FDIS) was issued and approved unanimously in February 2021. 

Please note that, following publication of ISO 37301:2021, ISO 19600:2014 has been withdrawn.

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Martin Tolar
Martin Tolar
Convenor, TC309/WG4
Please contact via the WG4 Secretary, Ms. Gengjie Wang (
Dr. Yiyi Wang
Dr. Yiyi Wang
Co-Convenor, TC309/WG4
Please contact via the WG4 Secretary, Ms. Gengjie Wang (