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Scope

Standardization of terminology, requirements, interfaces and test methods in the field of optics and photonics.

This includes complete systems, devices, instruments, ophthalmic optics, optical and photonic components, auxiliary devices and accessories, as well as materials. Optics and photonics are used in the meaning of generation, handling and detection of optical radiation including signal processing.

Excluded :

  • standardization for specific items in the field of cinematography (ISO / TC 36), photography (ISO / TC 42), eye protectors (ISO / TC 94), micrographics (ISO / TC 171), fibre optics for telecommunication (IEC / TC 86) and electrical safety of optical elements, and general lighting.

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Sustainable Development Goals

This committee contributes with 5 standards to the following Sustainable Development Goal:

309

Published ISO standards *

of which 5 under the direct responsibility of ISO/TC 172

52

ISO standards under development *

of which 1 under the direct responsibility of ISO/TC 172

19
Participating members
26
Observing members

* number includes updates

Reference Title Type
ISO/TC 172/SC 1 Fundamental standards Subcommittee
ISO/TC 172/SC 3 Optical materials and components Subcommittee
ISO/TC 172/SC 4 Telescopic systems Subcommittee
ISO/TC 172/SC 5 Microscopes and endoscopes Subcommittee
ISO/TC 172/SC 6 Geodetic and surveying instruments Subcommittee
ISO/TC 172/SC 7 Ophthalmic optics and instruments Subcommittee
ISO/TC 172/SC 9 Laser and electro-optical systems Subcommittee
ISO/TC 172/AHG   AR/VR as related to ISO/TC 172 Working group
ISO/TC 172/CAG   Chair's Advisory Group Working group
ISO/TC 172/WG 1   Reference wavelengths Working group
Liaison Committees to ISO/TC 172

The committees below can access the documents of ISO/TC 172:

Reference Title ISO/IEC
IEC/SC 3D Classes, Properties and Identification of products - Common Data Dictionary (CDD) IEC
IEC/SC 62D Particular medical equipment, software, and systems IEC
IEC/TC 62 Medical equipment, software, and systems IEC
IEC/TC 76 Optical radiation safety and laser equipment IEC
IEC/TC 110 Electronic displays IEC
IEC/TC 124 Wearable electronic devices and technologies IEC
ISO/TC 42 Photography ISO

 

Liaison Committees from ISO/TC 172

ISO/TC 172 can access the documents of the committees below:

Reference Title ISO/IEC
IEC/SC 3D Classes, Properties and Identification of products - Common Data Dictionary (CDD) IEC
IEC/TC 110 Electronic displays IEC
IEC/TC 124 Wearable electronic devices and technologies IEC
ISO/TC 42 Photography ISO
ISO/TC 184/SC 4 Industrial data ISO

 

Organizations in liaison (Category A and B)
Acronym Title Category
CIE International Commission on Illumination A
OIML International Organization of Legal Metrology A

Date Month Location TC/SC Note
17-19 September 2024 Vilnius (Lithuania) ISO/TC 172/SC 9  
12-14 November 2024 Bratislava (Slovakia) ISO/TC 172/SC 6  
18-22 November 2024 Minato City (Japan) ISO/TC 172/SC 7 *

* Information definite but meeting not yet formally convened
** Provisional

ISO/TC 172 - Secretariat

DIN [Germany]

DIN Deutsches Institut für Normung e.V.
Am DIN-Platz, Burggrafenstraße 6
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Germany

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