ISO TC 279

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ISO/TC 279 — Innovation management
TypeStandards organization
PurposeDevelopment of worldwide
Region served
Parent organization
International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

ISO TC 279 is a technical committee of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Its purpose is to develop, maintain and promote standards in the fields of innovation management. The first plenary meeting of ISO TC 279 was held in Paris on 4 to 5 December 2013.

Scope and mission[edit]

The scope of ISO TC 279 is "Standardization of terminology tools and methods and interactions between relevant parties to enable innovation."

Standards published will be ISO 50500 series. Standards on innovation management will allow organizations to share their best practices in innovation management. This will facilitate collaboration and also develop the capability to innovate and to bring innovations successfully to market. These standards will be a set of best practices begins upon the leadership of the top management with the confirmation of the organization's strategy. The standard is designed to support innovation in organizations whatever origin, type, size etc are. Expected benefits:

Market Benefits

  • Provide guidance on how an organization can fulfill unmet customer needs
  • Increase business opportunities and open new markets
  • Lead to the consequent reduction in trade barriers
  • Reduce time to market
  • Enhance the competitiveness of various organizations
  • Answer to the need of both developed and emerging countries

Cultural Benefits

  • Develop open‐mindedness to accept new business models and methods
  • Promote the growth of an innovation culture with a global objective
  • Facilitate the implementation of partnerships,
  • Improve collaboration and communication on a global scale
  • Implement social responsibility in the organization's innovation process

Organisational Benefits

  • Save cost and reduce risk when innovating and collaborating across borders due to the development of standard tools
  • Increase the organization ability to take decisions: test and try, fail fast, capability to take reasonable risks, facing challenges and world changes...
  • Improve the efficiency and the performance of the organizations to produce innovation
  • Improve results of innovation process and contributes to monitor the return of investments made in innovation
  • Share a globally accepted ‘common language’ for innovation management
  • Evaluate the progress of the organisation and identify and share good practices in innovation management


Membership in TC 279 is open to any national body, ISO member. A member can be either participating (P) or observing (O), with the difference mainly being the ability to vote on proposed standards. There are a number of countries that are active participants of TC 279 as well as a number of observing countries.[1] The secretariat of TC279 is the AFNOR (AFNOR), located in Paris, France. France has the secretary (AFNOR) and the chairmanship of this TC.

Other organizations can participate as Liaison Members, some of which are internal to ISO/IEC and some of which are external. The external organizations that are in liaison with TC279 are:


Work on the development of standards is done by working groups (WGs), each of which deals with a particular field.

Working Group Title
ISO/ TC 279 / WG 1 Innovation Management system
ISO/ TC 279 / WG 2 Terminology
ISO/ TC 279/ WG 3 Tools and methods
ISO/ TC 279 / WG 4 Assessment

Standards to be published[edit]

ISO reference Title Date of Publication
ISO 56000 Innovation management -- Fundamentals and vocabulary 2019
ISO 56002 Innovation management -- Innovation management system -- Guidance 2019
ISO 56003 Innovation management - Tools and methods for innovation partnership -- Guidance 02.2019
ISO 56004 Innovation management -- Assessment -- Guidance 02.2019
ISO 56005 Innovation management -- Intellectual property management -- Guidance 2020 (TBC)
ISO 56006 Innovation management -- Strategic intelligence management -- Guidance 2020 (TBC)
ISO 56007 Innovation management -- Idea management -- Guidance 2021 (TBC)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ISO. "ISO TC279 – Innovation Management Participating Countries". Retrieved 2014-12-29.

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