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The global ISO standard to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the tourism industry has just been published, led by Spain

18/05/2021

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) ha publicado la Especificación ISO/PAS 5643 Requisitos y recomendaciones para la reducción del contagio de la Covid-19 en la industria turística, un esperado estándar que se convertirá en el referente mundial con las mejores prácticas para reducir riesgos frente al coronavirus en el sector del turismo. The initiative has been led by Spain, through the Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, 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.

Once again, Spain, the world's leading country in tourism competitiveness, is leading an ISO standard, thus exporting its know-how, experience and the national model to the whole world This document, together with the official Spanish version, will be available shortly.

The Specification ISO PAS 5643 establishes the requirements and recommendations for reducing the spread of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 in the tourism industry, with the aim of offering safer services, generating confidence among tourists, residents as well as employees. It covers practically all sub-sectors of tourism.

This Specification will help the sector prepare to offer safe services, in line with international best practices.

Spanish leadership

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.

As a result and in record time, the ICTE, together with the main bodies, occupational risk prevention organisations and trade unions, agreed on 22 documents that were subsequently validated by the Ministry of Health. In a second step, these guidelines 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.

In July 2020, Spain, under the leadership of ICTE, presented its ISO/PAS 5643 project to the International Committee for its vote ISO/TC 228 Tourism and related services. After its approval at the end of September, a group formed of experts from more than 20 countries and prestigious international organisations such as the World Tourism Organization (WTO), the association of Hotels, Restaurants, Bars & Cafés in Europe (HOTREC) and the European consumer voice in standardisation (ANEC) started work. Many experts have since joined the initiative, and after more than six months of intense discussions, the ISO/PAS 5643 Specification has now been published.

In parallel, in January 2021, the European Commission requested the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) to draw up a European protocol on hygiene and health to deal with COVID-19 in the tourism sector.

In order to avoid duplication of efforts and documents, CEN has decided to adopt ISO PAS 5643 as a regulatory document CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA 5643 Part 1 Tourism and related services - Requirements and guidelines to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in the tourism industry (ISO PAS 5643)).

Similarly, with the aim of collecting the European Commission's express request for the creation of a visual image that promoted Europe as a destination Insurance, CWA 5643 Part 2 Tourism and related services - Requirements and guidelines to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in the tourism industry - European visual image has been developed in CEN.

The three documents, prepared under the leadership of Spain, have been published in a coordinated and simultaneous manner by CEN and ISO. The incorporation of ISO/PAS 5643 in its official Spanish version is planned for the national catalogue of standards as UNE-ISO/PAS 5643 in June. 


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