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UNE standards help to achieve a healthier world

07/04/2021

World Health Day is held on 7 April, and this year the theme is Building a fairer, healthier world.On this day, the WHO has committed itself to ensuring that all people, anywhere, can exercise their right to good health.

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only made us concerned about our health and our healthcare systems, but also about their weak points. While the fragility of our lives unites us, access to medical care continues to divide us.

The Spanish Association for Standardisation, UNE, wants to join this initiative by highlighting the important role of the Entity and standards in the fight against COVID-19 and in achieving a fairer and healthier world, consistent with its mission to protect people and contribute to the well-being of society. UNE standards contribute to the achievement of SDG 3 Health and well-being.

The Spanish body has developed several business management and product quality and safety standards for reducing risks against coronavirus, together with other relevant sector associations who are also UNE members. The standards developed cover areas, such as hygienic masks, tourism, funeral facilities and ultraviolet radiation equipment used for disinfecting air.

For example, the UNE 0064 and UNE 0065 Specifications for disposable and reusable hygienic masks, they were designed in response to the emergency and to facilitate their manufacture with quality, safety and speed. These Specifications are a great example of public-private collaboration, with the participation of four Ministries and several private entities.

More recently, the new UNE-ISO/PAS 45005 specification which is a strategic tool for combating the virus in the workplace. This is the global reference with guidelines for organisations of all sectors and sizes with the aim of reducing risks against COVID-19 in the workplace, protecting health, safety and well-being. Its intention is to complement existing national guidelines and regulations.

In the healthcare area, there are more than 900 specific standards that help to improve the quality and safety of healthcare products and services.

In the international sphere, ISO numerous standards have been published and work developed on several projects, such as the one aimed at improving health.