What is the ISO electoral standard?
The ISO electoral standard is a technical specification that was formally approved by 42 of 71 member countries of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), following a two-year vetting process. Published on February 15, 2014, ISO/TS 54001:2019 is an international management system standard that was promoted and developed by the OAS in conjunction with a group of electoral experts. Based on ISO 9001, the new standard provides a comprehensive guide for the design and implementation of quality management systems by electoral authorities, providing objective criteria for the evaluation of electoral processes. Electoral authorities on a global level can gain certification of conformance with the standard.
How can I access ISO/TS 54001:2019?
ISO/TS 54001:2019 is available exclusively through ISO and ISO member bodies. The document can be purchased here
What is the content of the standard?
ISO/TS 54001:2019 defines specific requirements for the entire cycle
The foundation of the TS is the establishment of quality and the satisfaction of the electorate as the focal point of electoral administration, thus encouraging an organizational culture of continuous improvement that strengthens planning and reduces improvisation.
What are the benefits of certification against ISO/TS 54001?
From the perspective of an electoral body, the benefits of ISO/TS 54001 are diverse. The standard provides a blueprint for the design of an effective management system that will allow an electoral body to deliver electoral services that better meet the expectations of voters, candidates, and political organizations. The certification dimension confers additional advantages on an electoral body. By certifying against ISO/TS 54001, an electoral body can publicly declare its commitment to achieving the highest standards of quality and providing reliable electoral services to the citizens it serves. Assuring the integrity of the certification process is thus fundamental.