New ISO standard for spinal disc implants

29 January 2008 International Organization for Standardization press release

A new ISO standard for spinal disc implants will help reduce suffering of back pain patients. The new standard will help ensure that spinal disc prostheses meet requirements for wear resistance, particularly important as once implanted these will need to absorb the impact from the body’s daily activities for years to come.

Medical surgery ISO 18192-1:2008 Implants for Surgery – Wear of Total Intervertebral Spinal Disc Prostheses – Part 1: Loading and Displacement Parameters for Wear Testing and Corresponding Environmental Conditions for Test [Withdrawn]

The primary users of this ISO standard will be medical device manufacturers and laboratories in public and private sectors, providing biomechanical testing services for medical devices. The estimated worldwide market size for artificial disc prostheses will exceed USD 1 billion by the year 2010.

The standard was replaced by ISO 18192-1:2011  Updated

The 2011 version was last reviewed and confirmed in 2016. Therefore, this version remains current. ISO 18192-1:2011
Implants for surgery — Wear of total intervertebral spinal disc prostheses — Part 1: Loading and displacement parameters for wear testing and corresponding environmental conditions for test

New ISO standard will make crossing the street safer for disabled persons


Equipping pedestrian street crossings with acoustic and tactile signals to help disabled persons was a step forward. The problem is that they vary from one country to another. Now, a new ISO standard provides the basis for harmonizing such signals on a worldwide basis.

The aim of ISO 23600:2007, Assistive products for persons with vision impairments and persons with vision and hearing impairments – Acoustic and tactile signals for pedestrian traffic lights is to ensure equivalent information worldwide at intersections equipped with pedestrian crossing signals.

Read more at "New ISO Standard will make crossing the street safer for disabled persons" (.pdf)