iso guides

guides are documents that provide advice

  • to standards writers on how to deal with specific issues when drafting standards; or
  • to national standards bodies on how to deal with issues specific to standardization principles.

a number of guides are jointly developed between iso and iec and then published as iso/iec guides.

many of these issues are broad and therefore of interest to a wide range of iso committees – for example, guidance on how to take account of sustainability in the drafting of standards (iso guide 82), or methods of regional or national adoption of standards (iso/iec guide 21).

there are also a number of guides on more specialized topics that are designed for use by committees working in particular sectors – for example, rules for drafting and presentation of safety standards for machinery (iso guide 78) or guidance on the inclusion of safety aspects in standards for medical devices (iso/iec guide 63).