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Sweden leads international standardization work for increased public safety

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A number of major environmental disasters and terrorist attacks in recent years have put the focus on international cooperation for crisis management. Standardization is an important tool for collaboration across borders and on behalf of the ISO, Sweden is leading the international standardization work for increased public safety with Societal Security ISO / TC 223.
The need has increased to strengthen common work on international security within critical infrastructure. Technological progress and globalization mean that interdependencies have emerged across both national borders and between the public and private sectors.
The protection of critical infrastructure is, in brief, about ensuring the functionality, continuity and integrity of operations. The aim is to reduce the risk and impact of threats and vulnerabilities throughout society. Ultimately this is about protecting citizens' safety, health and life and the fundamental values of society.

Societal Security ISO / TC 223

The global standardization work is conducted in the committee for Societal Security ISO / TC 223 and it is the international organization ISO that gave Sweden the task via the SIS (Swedish Standards Institute) to lead the work.
The project aims to improve preparedness for international emergencies and facilitate collaboration between stakeholders before, during and after an emergency. Several areas are covered and you will find standards for methods, technologies, systems, procedures and language. Some priority areas for Sweden are to develop standards for continuity planning, information transfer, situational status presentation, and interoperability.
The MSB is an active participant in ISO / TC 223 and has representatives in all the working groups, which within the committee's framework are responsible for the design of the different standards.


Societal Security at international and national levels.

International Level

The ISO Technical Committee TC223 for Societal Security is international and the secretariat is run jointly by the SIS and the MSB. It is chaired by Åsa Kyrk Gere (MSB) and the secretary is Stefan Tangen (SIS).
The TC’s four working groups include representatives from all participating nations.

National level

At national level there are mirror committees. In Sweden, the mirror committee is called SIS/TK494. The MSB leads the work and Åsa Kyrk Gere is the chairwoman. Stefan Tangen from the SIS is the secretary. In Sweden there are two working groups that to two of the international working groups.
Published: 2012-06-18 kl. 09:09
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