A committee to support developing countries: DEVCO 

DEVCO leads ISO’s work on developing countries. DEVCO supports developing countries in standardization matters by identifying needs and recommends actions to help meet them, for example through technical assistance and training. Technical assistance and training focuses on many subjects including the role of standards in economic development, standards development, conformity assessment and ICT support.

What DEVCO does

DEVCO has four main objectives:

  • To identify the needs and requirements of developing countries in the field of standardization and related activities and assist, as necessary, in defining these needs and requirements.
  • To recommend actions to assist the developing countries in meeting these needs and requirements.
  • To monitor the implementation of the ISO Action Plan for developing countries.
  • To provide a forum for the discussion of all aspects of standardization and related activities, and for the exchange of experience among developed and developing countries.

Contact

DEVCO is based at the ISO Central Secretariat in Geneva

 

Lena Dargham
Léna Dargham
DEVCO Chairperson (2017-2018)
Sari Rajakoski
Sari Rajakoski
DEVCO Secretary
ISO Central Secretariat

List of developing countries in ISO by region

How DEVCO works

ISO's efforts to assist developing countries are integrated into a five year action plan, the implementation of which is monitored by DEVCO.

DEVCO meets annually to review needs and assess progress. It holds break-out sessions in conjunction with the annual meeting to address subjects of particular interest to developing countries. Past sessions have focused on topics such as standardization as a component of the national quality infrastructure, enhancing developing country participation in the standardization process and regional cooperation in standardization and related matters.

The DEVCO Chair's Advisory Group (CAG) meets twice a year and assists DEVCO in monitoring the implementation of the Action Plan for developing countries. The CAG consist of eleven members, eight members from a developing country and three from a developed country.

In all these activities, DEVCO works closely with other ISO policy committees (COPOLCO - dealing with consumer matters and CASCO - dealing with conformity assessment), the Technical Management Board (TMB - governs all technical work), as well as with specialized agencies of the United Nations and with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

Cover page: ISO Action Plan for developing countries 2016-2020
ISO Action Plan for developing countries 2016-2020
ISO's Action Plan maps out how ISO aims to contribute to improving developing countries' economic growth and access to world markets and helping to achieve sustainable development.

DEVCO Publications

Cover page: Metrology, standardization and conformity assessment
Metrology, standardization and conformity assessment
Building an infrastructure for sustainable development
Cover page: Building trust - The Conformity Assessment Toolbox
Building trust - The Conformity Assessment Toolbox
A handbook covering all aspects of conformity assessment and its role in international trade
Cover page: My ISO job - What delegates and experts need to know
My ISO job - What delegates and experts need to know
This brochure offers delegates and experts a quick reference to the ISO system and its processes.
This brochure clarifies the distinctions between international standards and "private" standards

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