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Global standard for safe tourism in the context of COVID-19, published in Spanish


The Spanish Association for Standardisation-UNE, has published the Specification UNE-ISO/PAS 5643 Tourism and related services. Requirements and guidelines for the reduction of Covid-19 transmission in the tourism industry, translated into Spanish and now adopted in the national catalogue of standards.

This closes the circle on this global standard in the field, led by Spain through UNE, the Spanish member of ISO and the Institute for Spanish Tourism Quality (ICTE), supported by the State Secretary for Tourism of Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism.

The ISO PAS 5643 Specification establishes the requirements and recommendations for reducing the spread of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 in the tourism industry, offering safer services and generating confidence among tourists, residents and employees. This Specification will help the various tourism sub-sectors prepare to offer safe services in line with international best practice.

The origin of the ISO/PAS 5643 specification goes back to the urgent assignment issued by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism through the Secretary of State for Tourism to the ICTE in April 2020, with the objective of achieving harmonised protocols at state level. These 22 documents were validated by the Ministry of Health and subsequently became the series of Specifications UNE 0066-8:2020 Measures for reducing the spread of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2., origin of the international document ISO/PAS 5643.

At the request of the European Commission, which earlier this year asked for a European standard and label in the field, the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) has adopted the ISO/PAS 5643 specification in identical form as a CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA 5643 Part 1).Furthermore, UNE and the ICTE have led the development of CWA 5643 Part 2 Tourism and related services - Requirements and recommendations for the reduction of the spread of Covid-19 in the tourism industry - European visual image.