The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will integrate the IEC 62443 series of standards into its forthcoming Common Regulatory Framework on Cybersecurity (CRF).

The CRF will serve as an official UN policy position statement for Europe.

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At its annual meeting in Geneva, UNECE’s Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies recognized the ISA99 standards development committee for its role in conceiving and developing the widely used standards, while formally accepting review input presented on behalf of ISA99 by committee member Pierre Kobes of Siemens.

The IEC 62443 standards have been developed primarily by the ISA99 committee from the International Society of Automation (ISA), with simultaneous review and global adoption by the Geneva-based International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

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“The Common Regulatory Framework will serve to establish a common legislative basis for cybersecurity practices within the massive EU trade markets,” said Glenn Merrell of Industrial Control System Security. “This formal recognition is greatly valued and appreciated as another important validation of the industry-leading work of the experts on ISA99 who have contributed their knowledge and time in developing the ISA/IEC 62443 series.”

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