October 2019

Good news!

ISO’s Technical Committee 37 voted yes to approve work starting on an ISO standard for plain language.

When Annetta Cheek, Chair of the IPLF, announced the result to the 400 + people at PLAIN’s Oslo conference last week, there was loud and sustained applause.

If you want to know ─ or be reminded ─ you can read the back story and how you can be involved in the drafting process which were sent out to the members of Clarity, PLAIN and the Centre.

The next steps involve ISO establishing a working group for the project. ISO has been appointed, Christopher Balmford as the project leader and as convenor of the working group.  That group will produce a first draft of the standard by May 2020, in time for ISO TC 37’s annual meeting in Bangor, Wales in June 2020.

As we produce the draft standard, we will be consulting widely. Indeed, you can comment on a survey about the first draft here.

So, we’ve made it to the start line.

Hold fast.