ISO standards for biotechnology support innovation while ensuring safety, efficacy, and ethical considerations in fields like gene editing and bio-manufacturing.


Scientist lifting human cells from liquid nitrogen storage.

By Clare Naden on

Injecting quality into biobanks

Newly published guidance for biobanking will help to advance scientific research and development even further.

Close-up of a female scientist experimenting in a laboratory.

By Clare Naden on

Improving biosecurity with first International Standard for biorisk management
From diagnosing diseases to pharmaceutical and scientific research, the handling of biological materials in laboratories or elsewhere is essential for many industries but doesn’t come without its dangers. Effective risk management of biohazardous materials means a reduced chance of accidents, less impact on the environment and a more efficient use of time and other resources.
Eco-San toilet installed in a primary school in the Chinese province of Jiangsu.

By Rick Gould on

The high-tech world of toilets

Well over half the world’s population does not have access to safe sanitation. For many people, this means the indignity and risks that come of having no toilets. The answer, it seems, lies in new sustainable treatment plants. ISO and the Gates Foundation have joined forces to show how clean toilets and standards can change people’s lives forever.

Top standards

ISO 14644-12:2018
Cleanrooms and associated controlled environments
Part 12: Specifications for monitoring air cleanliness by nanoscale particle concentration
ISO 14644-4:2022
Cleanrooms and associated controlled environments
Part 4: Design, construction and start-up
ISO 14644-1:2015
Cleanrooms and associated controlled environments
Part 1: Classification of air cleanliness by particle concentration