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The troubling talk of toilets

12. January 2018 - 10:00
When we think about the most dire threats to our planet, poor sanitation rarely tops the list. Yet it’s a significant (and in some cases immediate) contributor to sickness and pollution in both rural and...

Putting the logic into hydrological

12. January 2018 - 9:29
Global mobility, intensive farming and urban developments that have spread into once uninhabitable areas have made water access, use, and reuse, critical areas for International Standards. 

ISOfocus highlights water and sanitation for UN Decade of Action

12. January 2018 - 9:10
Water connects every aspect of life. Today, one in ten people lack access to safe water and about 2.3 billion people live without adequate sanitation, with disastrous social and economic consequences....

Fresh changes in the pipeline

12. January 2018 - 9:08
Ageing wastewater systems are under threat from growing populations, urbanization, pollution and climate change, not to mention human behaviour. However, despite these challenges and fears for health and...

Managing a precious resource

12. January 2018 - 9:08
Why do we need to manage global water resources? According to environmental scientist Dr Debbie Chapman, our health and well-being depend on it – and the payback is tremendous. Here, Dr Chapman explains...

Why the future belongs to standards

20. December 2017 - 13:39
A quick glance at the accelerating technological change over recent years, and the subsequent upheavals, could be enough to make us all fear for the future of the global economy. However, there are good...

Cocoa fever – the food of the gods gets a quality check

19. December 2017 - 10:59
It is one of the world’s favourite ingredients, particularly during the festive season, yet no two cocoa beans are the same. ISO’s International Standard for cocoa quality has recently been updated, just...

ISO 31000 revision moves towards a clearer and more concise text

18. December 2017 - 13:30
ISO 31000:2009 on risk management is intended for people who create and protect value in an organization by managing risks, making decisions, setting and achieving objectives and improving performance....

What makes a food ingredient “natural”?

18. December 2017 - 9:50
When is a food ingredient considered as “natural”? Until now, there was no internationally agreed definition of a “natural” food ingredient, but a new ISO technical specification will help the food and...

The second-hand market gets a new ISO standard to protect consumers

15. December 2017 - 10:32
The second-hand economy is booming with more and more consumers buying used goods. How can we be sure that the second-hand baby crib we buy won’t cause injury or harm? Purchasing used products can bring...

Highlighting the importance of standards on World Aids Day

1. December 2017 - 11:33
Today is World AIDS Day, a day to show support for people living with HIV, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. It’s also a day to raise awareness about condom safety.

New edition of ISO/IEC 17025 just published

1. December 2017 - 11:05
The most popular standard for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories has just been updated, taking into account the latest changes in laboratory environment and work practices.

Vote starts on final draft of ISO 45001 for occupational health and safety

30. November 2017 - 11:15
Every day, thousands of lives are lost due to work accidents or fatal diseases linked to work activities. These are deaths that could and should have been prevented, and must be in the future. A new standard...

Google - Creating a more energy-efficient Web

28. November 2017 - 15:34
Google has a long-standing commitment to the environment and energy efficiency. It used ISO 50001 as a framework to establish a more structured and formalized energy management system and achieve recognition...

On the road to transport connectivity

28. November 2017 - 12:37
The Internet of Things (IoT) revolution will bring numerous improvements to all industrial sectors, but an area that will realize many of the advantages of IoT in the years ahead is transport. Here, two...

Are we safe in the Internet of Things?

28. November 2017 - 12:37
Suppose a criminal were using your nanny cam to keep an eye on your house. Or your refrigerator sent out spam e-mails on your behalf to people you don’t even know. Now imagine someone hacked into your...

How the Internet of Things will change our lives

28. November 2017 - 12:36
The Internet of Things (IoT) has the power to change our world. And while we are starting to see its incredible impact, we are still very much at the beginning of the transformational journey. Here’s a...

Do you trust the food you eat?

28. November 2017 - 11:25
The global food industry has never faced more challenges. From tainted dairy products to contaminated beef, high-profile cases crop up regularly to dent consumer confidence, while leading companies work...

Combatting toy-related injuries

28. November 2017 - 11:25
Toys are the treasures of childhood. But if you’re not careful, toys can be hazardous, too. Knowing what dangers are linked with certain toys and age groups can help parents better protect their children...

The mystery of the Phantom of Heilbronn

28. November 2017 - 11:24
A female serial killer named “Phantom of Heilbronn” was linked to 40 crimes, six of which were murders. Yet in 2009 it was discovered that she didn't exist. Here, we look at this fascinating tale of DNA...