To support rapid response efforts to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is providing access to key international standards supporting biological evaluation of medical devices; protective clothing used in health care settings; and business continuity management, security, and resilience. The coordinator of the U.S. voluntary consensus standardization system, ANSI is also the U.S. member body to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
Through the ANSI portal, “Freely Available ISO Standards to Help Address COVID-19 Crisis,” the following ISO standards are accessible in read-only format at no cost during the crisis; additional standards may be added in the near future:
- ISO 10993-1:2018, “Biological evaluation of medical devices—Part 1: Evaluation and testing within a risk management process”
- ISO 13688:2013, “Protective clothing—General requirements”
- ISO 374-5:2016, “Protective gloves against dangerous chemicals and micro-organisms—Part 5: Terminology and performance requirements for micro-organisms risks”
- ISO 22301:2019, “Security and resilience—Business continuity management systems—Requirements”
- ISO 22316:2017, “Security and resilience—Organizational resilience—Principles and attributes”
- ISO 22395:2018, “Security and resilience—Community resilience—Guidelines for supporting vulnerable persons in an emergency”
- ISO 22320:2018, “Security and resilience—Emergency management—Guidelines for incident management”
- ISO 31000:2018, “Risk management—Guidelines”
ANSI has also launched a COVID-19 Resource Webpage highlighting activities of the U.S. standardization community in the fight against the pandemic. Available at ansi.org/COVID-19, the resource page spotlights ANSI members’ activities supporting public health, safety, and infrastructure, and includes important ANSI announcements, distance learning opportunities, and other resources.
“The ANSI Federation is actively stepping up with standards-based solutions to help governments, companies, organizations, and communities effectively respond to COVID-19,” says S. Joe Bhatia, ANSI president and CEO. “ANSI and the U.S. standardization community are proud to play such a critical role in supporting rapid and timely response efforts.”
To learn more about the ANSI Federation’s COVID-19 response efforts, visit www.ansi.org/COVID-19.