NSAI Interest Group established – Standardisation for Societal and Citizen Security


NSAI ImageSeptember 12, 2014 | NSAI at its Dublin Headquarters holds inaugural meeting of Interest Group to co-ordinate national standardization for societal and citizen security

The area of societal and citizen security has become an increasingly important one for standardisers dealing with offsetting the types of threats to which modern society can be subject and the appropriate responses in the event of attack so as to minimize effects and facilitate business continuity.  Technical committees have been established in both ISO and CEN to cover the area.

A number of collaborative research projects within the European Commission’s Seventh Framework and Horizon 2020 research programmes which include Saadian and other Irish participants have signalled the importance of standards development as a concomitant to research in order to facilitate development and workability of any innovative solutions; examples are:

COBACORE – COmmunity BAsed COmprehensive REcovery,

DESTRIERO – A DEcision Support Tool for Reconstruction and recovery and for the IntEroperability of international Relief units in case Of complex crises situations, including CBRN contamination risks, 

S-HELP – Securing  Health.Emergency.Learning.Planning – Development of Decision Support Tools for Improving Preparedness and Response of Health Services Involved in Emergency Situations, and 

SECTOR – which addresses the area of a secure European common information space for interoperability of first responders and police authorities.

ISO/TC 223  Societal security – develops international standards that aim to increase societal security, i.e. protection of society from and response to incidents, emergencies, and disasters caused by intentional and unintentional human acts, natural hazards, and technical failures. An all-hazards perspective is used covering adaptive, proactive and reactive strategies in all phases before, during, and after a disruptive incident. 

The area of societal security is multi-disciplinary, and involves actors from both the public and private sectors, including not-for-profit organizations.  Published standards are in the ISO 223XX series, in particular ISO 22300: 2012 on Terminology, and ISO 22301: 2012 on Business continuity management systems – Requirements.

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