Draft International Standard ISO 16175 (formerly ICA-Req) released for ICA members comments

Access the Draft International Standard (DIS) versions of the revised and updated ISO 16175 (formerly ICA-Req) by following this link and logging in as ICA member




The ISO 16175 suite of standards has its origins in a project sponsored by the International Council on Archives (ICA) and the Australasian Digital Recordkeeping Initiative (ADRI) between 2006 and 2008. This project produced the three-part Principles and Functional Requirements for Records in Electronic Office Environments (ICA, 2008). When ISO 16175 came under systematic review in 2016/17 it was decided to restructure, consolidate and update the documents into a new two-part ISO standard under a new title: Information and documentation — Processes and functional requirements for software for managing records . 

The two draft documents available in the ICA members only space were distributed for balloting by member nations of ISO TC46/SC11 (Committee on Records Management and Archives) in January 2019. The results of the ballots will be considered at the annual meeting of TC46/SC11 in Ottawa, Canada in early May 2019. If the results of the ballots are to approve the documents, final (hopefully relatively minor) revisions to the drafts will be made based on comments received during the balloting process. The revised documents will then either be published by ISO or will go for a further round of balloting as FDIS (Final Draft International Standard) documents if more extensive revisions are required. Subject to approval from these processes it is hoped that the new editions of ISO 16175, parts 1 and 2 will be published by ISO in late 2019. 

The ICA's Liaison to ISO TC46/SC11 is carried out by Adrian Cunningham, from Australia. Adrian is happy to receive comments and questions on the DIS drafts from ISO members until the end of April 2019. Any comments or suggestions received will then be considered at the annual plenary in Ottawa in May 2019. Adrian can be contacted at cunningham@ica.org