This week, two new international standards aimed at enhancing the quality of life for older people were approved by ISO (International Standardization Organisation).
The standards were unanimously backed following four years of international collaboration with the UK committee being led by its volunteer chair, Paul Newman, chief executive of Greensleeves Care.
‘A framework for dementia-inclusive communities’ and ‘General requirements and guidelines for an age-inclusive workforce’ join the existing ‘General requirements and guidelines for carer-inclusive organizations’ as the standards to be developed under the Ageing Societies banner.
The work brings together international experts from academia, industry and the public sector, who are committed to improving the quality of life for older people across the globe.
In addition to representing the UK overseas and coordinating UK input to all of the standards, Newman personally drafted sections and edited the final version of the dementia standard.
The two new standards will be published this Spring and are available from the BSI (British Standards Institution) and ISO.