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ISO to reduce risks due to COVID-19 in tourism

The ISO standard to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19 in tourism has begun, based on the Spanish UNE specifications, promoted by the ICTE


Spanish standardisation has proven itself to be an international reference point once again. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has approved the start of work on the international standard for the reduction of contagion by the coronavirus in tourism.

This future global standard will be based on the 21 UNE 0066 Specifications published this summer by the Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, a Spanish member of ISO, in collaboration with the Institute for Spanish Tourism Quality (ICTE). Spain is leading this global initiative, exporting its experience and knowledge all over the world.

The future Specification ISO PAS 5643, which is scheduled to be published in the first half of 2021, will establish the requirements and recommendations for reducing the contagion of COVID-19 in the tourism industry, with the aim of offering safer services and generating confidence among tourists, residents and employees. The first meeting of the international working group to prepare the standard, led by UNE, will take place on 30 September.

The standard will apply to the entire tourism value chain, with general requirements and other specific ones for the different subsectors: from hotels and apartments to rural accommodation, including beaches, tourist bus companies, museums and travel agencies, among others.

Last June, UNE, in collaboration with the ICTE, published Specification UNE 0066, comprising a series of 21 parts aimed at the safe provision of tourist services in the different subsectors. Specification UNE 0066, which has been published free of charge on the websites of both UNE and ICTE, is now the benchmark for drawing up the international standard.

International reference

Spanish standards are a world leader on matters of tourism, and UNE manages the ISO/TC 228 international standardization technical committee, tasked with writing this future standard. In this committee, experts from more than 100 countries and over 20 prestigious international organisations have published 33 ISO standards and are developing 14 projects in areas such as medical tourism, adventure tourism, marinas, accommodation and catering.

In addition, several Spanish standards were the reference for the development of international standards, such as UNE 302001 on Industrial Tourism and UNE-ISO 13009 on beaches. In addition, UNE, with the help of the WTO and Fundación ONCE, leads the future ISO 21902 on accessible tourism for all.