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Tuesday, 27 March 2018

NEW ISO TECHNICAL COMMITTEE FOR AGEING SOCIETIES


NEW ISO TECHNICAL COMMITTEE FOR AGEING SOCIETIES
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The world’s population is ageing, just like each of us. As we enter the era of “super-aged societies”*, governments, communities and businesses need to adapt. A new ISO technical committee has just been formed to help.

In 2017, the number of people worldwide aged 60 years or over had more than doubled since 1980, and it is expected to double again by 2050 to reach nearly 2.1 billion **. The changing demographics of our society bring with it pressures and challenges ranging from healthcare to the local bus. But opportunities are rife too.

The recently established ISO technical committee ISO/TC 314, Ageing societies, aims to develop stand¬ards and solutions across a wide range of areas, to tackle the challenges posed as well as harness the opportunities of older people in our world.
ISO/TC 314 Secretary Nele Zgavc from BSI, ISO’s member for the UK, says dementia, preventative care, ageing workforces, technologies and accessibility are just some of the areas of standardization that the com¬mittee proposes to work on.

“Ageing societies have global implications,” she explains. “Governments and service providers need to effectively cater to the needs of their populations as they age, for the benefit of society as a whole. There is a crucial need for standards to support this so they can provide a high-quality level of service and harness the opportunities that ageing societies hold.”

ISO/TC 314 is currently composed of experts from 30 different countries including those previously involved in ISO’s Strategic Advisory Group on ageing societies and in the development of the International Workshop Agreement IWA 18, Framework for inte¬grated community-based life-long health and care services in aged societies.

For more information, see the ISO/TC 314 page at ISO website.

* Meaning that more than 21 % of the population is over 65
** World Population Ageing report 2017

Courtesy Source - ISOfocus #127


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