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Standard administration of China (SAC) present a proposal for creation a new Technical Committee ISO/TC „Laboratory Design”.

In April 2019, a proposal for the formation of a Laboratory Design Technical Committee was submitted by the Standardization Administration of China (SAC) and was circulated by ISO for consideration and approval by members (ISO/TS/P 280). During the voting process and the associated web (Zoom) conferences, useful comments and valuable suggestions, mainly concerned with potential overlaps with other Technical Committees (TCs), were received from several members. These have been taken into account in this proposal in order to better explain that there is no intention to overlap with other TCs but, where appropriate, liaison and collaboration with those TCs will be organized.

Scop: Standardization in the field of laboratory design including site selection and design planning, the functional division of experimental areas, the determination of scientific and technological processes, layouts and design of furniture, and the scientific design of the facility taking into account environmental conditions and impact.

Laboratories serve as the foundation for technological progress and product quality assurance and play a pivotal role in social and economic development. Worldwide, the laboratory construction volume is rising year by year, with trillions of USD invested into construction of new laboratories and renovation of existent ones. However, on a global scale there is no standard on design of various types of laboratories that project owners, designers, users and quality supervision authorities can refer to, resulting in a number of problems in laboratory construction worldwide.

the TC will support the contribution of the laboratory design industry to UN Sustainable Development Goals and enable countries to address a wide range of global issues including eradication of hunger and poverty, health, climate change and economic development.

w**ork programme:**

The new TC will stipulate technical design requirements for a diverse range of laboratories with different functions and responsibilities. It will include, but not limited to:

  1. site selection and design planning;
  2. layouts and design of furniture (e.g workbenches, fume hoods, safety showers, biological safety cabinets, etc);
  3. electrical, water and gas supply systems, drainage, fire prevention, HVAC, auto-control and decoration;
  4. laboratories featuring bio-safety, constant temperature and humidity, and other special laboratories;
  5. laboratory safety, staff health, environmental protection, and energy saving;
  6. Smart laboratory (use of new technologies such as big data, cloud computing, block chain, etc. to empower laboratories, e.g. increase the depth and width of services provided to clients, improve the servicing level during the consulting, design and maintenance phases.).

Any interested party may submit an opinion on the proposal by 04.09.2020 to:

Dipl. eng. Nikolay Gerashtenko email: nikolay.gerashtenko@bds-bg.org, tel. 02/81 74 586.

For more information, see here.