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  1. "This report presents recommendations to boost the participation of women in trade through free trade agreements.Policymakers and trade negotiators will find a new toolkit to gauge gender responsiveness in their agreements. These lessons are based on a research assessment of 73 selected free trade agreements in force among 25 Commonwealth countries, and top-line recommendations and model clauses for countries to adapt.The recommendations include embedding gender provisions in the preamble, leveraging corporate social responsibility, using reservations, waivers and general exceptions, and strengthening monitoring and dispute settlement mechanisms." More details and download available via:
  2. ISO 'Project Management in the ISO environment' Free online course. 'This e-learning course is designed for Committee Managers and their support teams. You don’t need to be newcomer to any of these roles to take this course as it has been designed to provide you with solutions and support, regardless of whether you are an experienced Committee Manager or a beginner. You can take the course in its entirety, or take one of the modules as a "just-in-time" training for a specific need (e.g. a new proposal is coming in, or you are currently facing difficulties with a project at CD stage). Please note that anyone in the ISO standards community can access this e-learning course, so if you think it could be beneficial to someone else in your committee (e.g. Convenor, Project leader etc.) you can share a module with them.' (Note: This is a free course but access is only available to ISO members with 'ISO Connect' Login details)
  3. ISO stakeholder engagement eLearning course. 'This stakeholder engagement e-learning presents the theory of stakeholder engagement and some guidance for how this theory can be implemented by National Standards Bodies. The content of the modules is based on the best practices and experience of ISO's members, using input that was collected from a member survey.' (Note: This is a free course but access is only available to ISO members with 'ISO Connect' Login details)
  4. The IEC 'Young Professionals' Free online course includes an introduction to the IEC and its standards development processes.
  5. The power of standards This free online short course is about the role and purpose of standards in the modern world. How they make our lives better and more enjoyable, support governments to make better decisions and create better policies, and make organizations of all types more successful and socially and environmentally responsible.
  7. Access Key standards "BSI, in its role as the UK’s National Standards Body, is working with Government to provide expert, best practice information. As a result, we’ve made accessible relevant standards in the areas of hygiene, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), ventilators, risk management, business continuity and more, to support efforts in tackling COVID-19."
  8. BSI's COVID-19 resources and updates can be found here:
  9. The Standardization Administration of China (SAC) has translated a range of Chinese PPE standards into English, to support the COVID-19 response. GB2626-2019English_forSACRev1.pdf GB2626-2019RespiratoryprotectionNon-poweredair-purifyingparticlerespirator.pdf GB14866-2006Thespecificationsforpersonaleye-protectors.pdf GB19082-2009TechnicalRequirementsforSingle-useProtectiveClothingforMedicalUse.pdf GB19083-2010Technicalrequirementsforprotectivefacemaskformedicaluse.pdf GB24788-2009Limitfortheremovablesurfacepowderandwater-extractableproteinofmedicalgloves.pdf GBT18664-2002Selectionuseandmaintenanceofrespiratoryprotectiveequipment.pdf GBT24787-2009Single-usenon-sterilerubbersurgicalgloves.pdf GBT32610-2016Technicalspecificationofdailyprotectivemask.pdf ListofChinesePandemicPreventionProductStandards2002-04-03.docx YY0469-2011SurgicalMask.pdf
  10. Practical steps to support safe working, and prevent and mitigate COVID-19 outbreaks in your organization A new version of the ‘Safe Working During the COVID-19 Pandemic Guidelines’ is now available. Version 2 of the Guidelines offers a comprehensive, practical approach, applicable to all organizations, large and small. The Guidelines provide recommendations, based on user experience and expert input, for safe working during the pandemic. They have been enhanced and extended, based on the best and latest information, to help prevent a second wave. Major new clauses added are: Working from home Managing suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 Multiple or mobile workplaces Safe use of toilets Reporting to external parties Inclusivity and accessibility Psychological health and well-being. The information and recommendations within the Guidelines can be used by any organization managing the risks related to COVID-19, regardless of size, type or location. Version 2 is now available to download:
  11. CSN Membership NSB COVID-19 responses: International and Regional Standards organization responses to COVID-19: BEI (British Expertise International) CEN and CENELEC: and CEN CENELEC analysis from CEN TCs (mainly 85, 79,162,205) looking at the differences / similarities between the Chinese standards that have been translated into English and the relevant ENs COPANT: - COVID-19 PANDEMIC RESPONSE FROM NSBs.pdf IEC: ISO: CSN NSB members have been updating their websites to assist with COVID-19 mitigation: NSB responses are outlined in the table below, please let us know if you have additional information that might be useful to share via the CSN portal. Country COVID-19 Info Comments Antigua and Barbuda Signposted to WHO website Canada Bespoke SCC info Ghana Several pages of info with references taken from WHO (information positioned towards the bottom of home page) Malta Bespoke MCCAA info specific to hand sanitisers New Zealand Bespoke NZSO content with references to relevant ISO standards St. Vincent and the Grenadines - Signposted to government website South Africa Bespoke business continuity info Sri Lanka Bespoke SLSI info about postponement of training programmes owing to outbreak Trinidad and Tobago Info from TTBS under News and Events Uganda Bespoke COVID-19 video from UNBS and other info under News & Highlights and Twitter feed on home page UK Bespoke info under Latest and trending. Open access to relevant standards on 1. The production of ventilators,, 2. personal protective equipment and 3. risk management and business continuity.
  12. Information on forthcoming BSI Webinars can be found here:
  13. Update: Version 2 of the ‘Safe Working During the COVID-19 Pandemic Guidelines’ is now available on the following link, and is applicable to large and small businesses alike: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ In its role as the UK’s National Standards Body, BSI has just published new, freely available safe working guidelines, to help businesses manage a safe return to work and reoccupation of their facilities. These guidelines are intended to become a consensus of good practice and BSI is encouraging stakeholders from business, government and civil society to have their say and share their own learnings and insight on safe working to help protect public health. With your valuable expertise, we’d really like to ask you to take part in this process and comment on the guidelines. The link to access the Version 1 guidelines document and make comments is here: More about the guidelines: Version 1 of the guidelines is available for immediate use. It provides a framework for business owners, senior leaders, managers and workers to protect people at work from the ongoing risks related to the coronavirus. BSI is working with an Advisory Group on the project and will revise the document as frequently as necessary to reflect the dynamic situation businesses are in today, taking into account the comments, government guidance, the level of risk and emerging knowledge. A second Version of the guidelines will be published at the end of June with the revised sections clearly highlighted to assist easy implementation. Each Version of the evolving guidelines will be sector neutral and aligned to, and complementary to, current UK Government guidance. Many thanks for your input and involvement in this. Safe working during COVID-19 260520.pdf
  14. The Commonwealth Standards Network (CSN) is committed to promoting the use and development of international standards to facilitate trade and investment, leading to economic growth and positive developmental outcomes. The most immediate challenge CSN members face is the COVID-19 pandemic, as such we have been looking into ways in which the CSN can best deliver COVID-19 assistance. We appreciate the time that many of you have spent in discussions with us about this issue – particularly on the regional calls that took place on 7th May. Listed below are some of the CSN membership’s suggestions for CSN COVID-19 assistance: 1. Communicate importance of international standards and Quality Infrastructure: · Reinforce CSN training and engagement activities on the value of robust Quality Infrastructure to support COVID-19 responses (targeted at audiences such as Policy makers and SMEs). · Assist in the development and implementation of National Quality Policies. 2. Guidance documents: · Good practice guidance on the interactions between Policy, Technical Regulations, and international standards. · Guidance for fast-tracking standards. · Framework of International standards that have been identified as most beneficial for COVID-19 mitigations (including PPE and business risk / continuity). · Framework of good practice for engagement with SMEs. 3. Training: · Engage and share training and responses to COVID-19. Share information and collaborate on responses from international organisations (e.g. ISO, IEC, UNIDO), regional organisations (e.g. ARSO, COPANT, CROSQ, PIF, SARSO) and NSBs. · Provide guidance or training assistance for metrology and conformity assessment, and training for inspection bodies, specifically for PPE (potentially using UKAS and NPL). · Provide access to critically important standards and to training and webinars on topics including: PPE, ventilators, food safety, supply chain management, crisis management, hand sanitisers, risk management and business continuity. · eLearning modules to communicate the benefits of using international standards, include sector specific training (management systems (e.g. ISO 22301, Business Continuity Management [3 varieties of course], ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety, Good Hygiene Practices, cyber security, agriculture etc.). 4. Audits: · Deliver remote audits of the ISO Good Regulatory Practices (GRP) programme. · Provide guidance for remote risk management audits. In addition to the areas highlighted above, please let us know of any standardization, metrology or accreditation requirements that you have to support your COVID-19 response. We aim to quickly adjust the CSN work programme accordingly so please contact with your initial responses 22nd May (or shortly after if possible). Best Regards Ben Hedley Programme Manager, Commonwealth Standards Network CSN COVID-19 response_May 2020.pdf
  15. Please see attached joint UK QI COVID-19 response CSN letter_UK COVID-19 response_May 2020.pdf
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