October 2017

Various medicine pills and capsules in a plastic pill organizer.
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A series of standards called IDMP (Identification of Medicinal Products) standards is under revision and will bring a host of benefits to patients and the healthcare community. Implementing these standards should simplify the exchange of information between stakeholders and enhance the interoperability...
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Our consumption of the earth’s natural reserves has doubled in the last 30 years and a third of the planet’s land is now severely degraded. There is an urgent need to find solutions for land management policy, planning and practices. 
Network cables connected to switch
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To continue providing us with the products and services that we expect, businesses will handle increasingly large amounts of data. The security of this information is a major concern to consumers and companies alike fuelled by a number of high-profile cyberattacks.
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Trust in business is at an all-time low1). Trust in governments is rock bottom as well. At the same time, huge challenges remain to create sustainable societies. What to do? A new project to develop a standard for organizational governance could help, and has just been given the green light.
Panoramic view of the Dubai downtown.
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Smart cities are more than just a buzzword. With expanding urban areas expected to host up to 70 % of the total world population by 2050, they are a necessity. “Standards make cities smarter” is the theme of World Standards Day 2017, celebrated on 14 October by the International Electrotechnical Commission...
View of a hand holding a phone and ordering an Uber taxi ride.
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Whether it’s hailing a taxi, finding somewhere to stay on your travels or arranging help at home, new and sophisticated Websites and apps are ripping up traditional business models. A new ISO International Workshop Agreement aims to provide the foundation on which more standardization solutions to support...
City view of Turin, Italy
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International Standards were recognized by G7 leaders as a key tool for progress at the recent G7 Heads of State meeting held in Turin, Italy.
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The number of valid certificates to ISO management system standards (MSS) rose 8 % in 2016 compared to 2015, according to latest figures of the ISO Survey.

September 2017

Two senior women cycling in dunes, Texel, Netherlands.
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1 October is the United Nations International Day of Older Persons, which celebrates the achievements and contributions that older people make to society. This year’s theme – “Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society” – highlights the...
Two container boats.
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Moving goods between the point of origin and the point of consumption requires the collaboration and cooperation of many actors and even more machinery.