The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is seeking feedback from relevant stakeholders on the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) new work item proposal for the development of new standards on Ageing Societies. All responses submitted to SCC will serve to generate a Canadian position on the proposal.
Purpose and justification for new field of activity
The British Standards Institution (BSI), the ISO member body for United Kingdom, is proposing the development of a new ISO Technical Committee on Ageing Societies. Over the past two years, extensive consultations on the subject of international standardization in ageing societies have been carried out on a global level under BSI leadership; initially with the development of the ISO IWA 18:2016 followed by the findings of this Strategic Advisory Group (SAG). Over 15 countries (including Canada) as well as key international organizations (including WHO, OECD, EC and IEC) have actively participated to recommend the establishment of a new ISO TC.
If a new committee is approved, BSI is proposing that the first priority be to consolidate existing concepts of social, health and community care services currently used by WHO, OECD, ISO, CEN and other sources to form a common set of agreed upon terminologies for standards developers. The output would be an International Standard on Vocabulary (18 month track).
A Strategic Business Plan Task Group will then consider the proposed items below for development.
- Dementia—develop a guidance standard to provide good practice on achieving dementia-friendly communities, based on PAS 1365 Code of practice for the recognition of dementia-friendly communities; to give consideration for other standards to be developed that can also benefit other long term mental health conditions of a chronic or progressive nature.
- Ageing Workforce—provide tools regarding workplace design, workplace technologies, and working practices to maximize employability opportunities.
- Health promotion and preventative care in older age—the main focus will be on preventing chronic diseases.
- Social connectedness (Communities multi-generational)—integrate community support services.
- Informal carers—training, education, and communication for non-professional carers; this can also include guidelines on how to support and stay connected with family/friends/other unaccredited carers.
- Universal Design standards—Universal Design (also known as lifelong design/design for all/inclusive design) is the design and composition of an environment, products and services to be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age, size, ability or disability; this can include physical and graphical user interface and ergonomics for ageing societies.
- Accessibility standards—collaboration with existing TCs to ensure consideration is given to the ageing society; this can be through review of current/developing standards or joint work on new emerging areas; this subject can include aspects of service delivery, design, education and more.
- Technologies and systems for an ageing society—this can include integrated devices, future technology, prescription services, GP services and apps
Scope of proposed technical activity
This standardization project proposes to develop standardization in the field of ageing societies.
The program of work will promote lifelong support and quality of life in ageing populations. This will enable people to remain independent throughout their life with a sense of value and contribution to their communities. It will take a holistic approach in addressing services and products that will help manage the advancement of ageing societies. It will take note of where innovation and technology require standards to support this demographic.
Statement from proposer regarding new and existing work
International standardization will fill a crucial role in supporting industry to provide a consistently high quality of service to ageing societies coupled with enabling members of ageing societies to retain independence in how they live, their decision making and the choices available to them and their families. The subject matter has relevant work already underway. While a number of existing ISO and IEC groups have been identified to have work in areas that may have overlapping interest with this proposed new TC, the work program proposed is original in nature. Throughout the production of ‘ISO IWA 18 Framework for integrated community-based life-long health and care services in aged societies’ and the ISO Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) on Ageing Societies, there has been close engagement with interest groups some from existing ISO and IEC committees. The aim moving forward would be to continue this collaboration and knowledge share by establishing liaisons and joint work programs where applicable.
Stakeholders are invited to consider the following when formulating a response:
- Do you agree to the proposal?
- If yes, why, and do you wish to participate should a mirror committee be established?
- If no, why not?
Deadline for survey submission
SCC values your feedback on this proposal. Please fill out the stakeholder feedback form at https://scc.sondages-surveys.ca/s/ageing-societies/ no later than October 12, 2017.
For more information, please contact Suzanna Ersoy, Program Manager, ISO, SCC, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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