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ISO proposal for the creation of a new technical committee “Human Phenome”

ISO proposal for the creation of a new technical committee “Human Phenome”


ISO proposal for the creation of a new technical committee “Human Phenome”


 The national standards body of China (SAC) submits to ISO a proposal for the creation of a new Technical Committee „Human Phenome”.


Scope: Standardization in the field of human phenome.


The scope of the technical committee includes terminology and classification of human phenome; measurement results and data quality of human phenome (such as macro measurement, data analysis and quality requirements); reference standards of human phenome (such as establishment of reference maps, characteristics and requirements of materials); standards for the systematic characterization and construction of human phenome; application of human phenome, etc. Human phenome is defined at the complete set of all human characteristics. It is determined by the interaction between genes and environment. It includes many characteristics ranging from macro- to micro-scales, from external appearance to internal functions, from biochemical characteristics to psychological behaviour, etc.


Excluded: the fields covered by ISO/TC276 (Biotechnology), ISO/TC215 (Health Information), ISO/IEC JTC1/SC37 (Biometrics), ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 29 (Coding of audio, picture, multimedia and hypermedia information) and ISO/TC249 (Traditional Chinese Medicine).


The initial work on development of international standards on human phenome is carried out from three levels.:


  • Basic standards. To establish vocabulary, terminology and classification standards of human phenome, as well as map visualization.


  • Method standards. Including human phenome cohort design principles, human phenome measurement, phenotype spectrum feature construction, characterization methods, analysis tools, etc.


  • Evaluation standards. Including quality evaluation of characteristic parameters, association of gene, environment and phenotype, etc.


Twenty-four research institutions from 17 countries around the world are conducting human phenome research within the “International Human Phenome Consortium (IHPC)". The standards on human phenome to be developed will provide a unified yardstick for research institutions and enterprises in various countries, promote information exchange and lead to mutual trust in the field of human phenome research, producing great social benefits, and promote the international equivalence and consistency of global human phenome research.


Through systematic characterization of the human features, the multi-level association, integration and holistic applications of the interrelationships between genes, environment and phenotypes can be discerned. Standardization of the process for the discovery of the intrinsic laws governing the formation of phenotypic characteristics such as human health and disease and the discovery of biomarkers will bring a revolutionary impetus to the bio-industry and pharmaceutical research and development.


 In case of national interest, BDS can approve the creation of ISO/TC on “Human Phenome”. If the establishment of ISO/TC is accepted by the national standards bodies – members of ISO, Bulgaria can obtain P- or O-membership in the work of the newly established committee.


The national stakeholders can provide their position on the proposal for this new field of ISO technical activity by 10.06.2019 to Desislava Gulenova, e-mail:, tel: +359 2 81 74 581.

17 May 2019