To help speed covid-19 response efforts, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has expanded its portal for international standards to include International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards for medical electrical equipment. In addition to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards already included in ANSI’s portal, the newly added IEC standards can further assist efforts to increase production of critical care ventilators as the number of patients who need them continue to rise.
The ANSI portal, Freely Available ISO and IEC Standards to Help Address Covid-19 Crisis, now includes 36 international standards covering medical equipment and devices—including ventilators and respiratory equipment; protective clothing used in healthcare settings; and business continuity management, security, and resilience.
The standards are accessible in read-only format at no cost during the crisis; additional standards may be added in the future. To access the portal, users must register and accept the license agreement. Once registered, users can return to the portal at ANSI.
ANSI has also launched a covid-19 resource webpage that spotlights ANSI members’ activities supporting public health, safety, and infrastructure, and includes announcements, distance learning opportunities, and other resources.
Featured image: Colorized scanning electron microphotograph of a VERO E6 cell (blue) heavily infected with SARS-CoV-2 virus particles (green), isolated from a patient sample. Image captured and color-enhanced at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility in Fort Detrick, Md. Photo courtesy NIAID.