Announcement about ISO and COVID-19

Announcement about ISO and COVID-19

By Jim Northey


Please read the important communication from ISO Central Secretariat, Sergio Mujica, ISO Secretary General about the impact of COVID-19 on ISO meetings, gatherings, and operations.

The following communication from ISO Central Secretariat, Sergio Mujica, ISO Secretary General, was received by all ISO TCs.  As a result, the TC68 plenary meeting will not be held in person in Norway. The TC68 Chairperson's advisory group (CAG) will meet ASAP to update the contingency plan and decide on whether to postpone the plenary to a later date in 2020 or hold a virtual plenary session, or possibly a combination of postponement for some subcommittees and virtual plenary sessions for other subcommittees.  An update will be provided to all TC68 members as soon as possible.

“Travel bans, restrictions and social distancing measures continue to expand globally and impact the international standards development work. In response, approximately 275 ISO meetings that were scheduled to take place between 2020-02-01 and 2020-06-30 have already been cancelled.

In light of the above, it has been decided with the support of the 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. The extension of these measures will be reviewed and communicated on a monthly basis.

This decision has been taken first and foremost to safeguard the health and well being of the ISO community. It has also been taken to ensure the business continuity of our organization and provide certainty and clear guidance to the community regarding meetings that have been planned for the upcoming months.

Finally, all ISO/CS staff will telework fulltime as of Monday 16 March 2020 until further notice and remain fully available.

We will continue to monitor changes and keep you informed in a timely manner. This decision will also be communicated to all ISO members and the technical community.”