Standardization of technologies and processes involving capture, indexing, storage, retrieval, distribution and communication, presentation, migration, exchange, preservation, integrity maintenance and disposal in the field of document management applications. Documents may be managed in micrographic or electronic form.

This includes:

  • quality control and integrity maintenance;
  • input/output quality of documents (micrographic or electronic)
  • implementation, inspection and quality control procedures for storage, use and preservation of documents (micrographic or electronic), including supportive metadata;
  • applications involving workflow (process management) in an enterprise and on the Internet;
  • maintenance of quality and integrity during information exchange between systems;
  • procedures and processes supporting legal admissibility and/or integrity and security;
  • management of related audit trail information.


  • records management policies and procedures within the scope of TC 46;
  • all work on information, process and production definitions and workflow of industrial automation systems within the scope of TC 184;
  • cinematography, dimensions and labeling of raw-stock film, and the methods within the scope of ISO/TC 42 dealing with testing, rating, classifying and specifying the performance characteristics of processes, materials and devices applicable to photography;
  • work being done by ISO/IEC JTC1 that is within its scope and in particular work of ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 23, SC 24, SC 27, SC 28, SC 29, SC 32 and SC 34.


Where potential or actual overlap with other TCs exists JWGs will be actively pursued.

ISO/TC 171
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Sustainable Development Goals

This committee contributes with 44 standards to the following Sustainable Development Goal:


Published ISO standards *

of which 50 under the direct responsibility of ISO/TC 171


ISO standards under development *

Participating members
Observing members

* number includes updates

Reference Title Type
ISO/TC 171/SC 1 Quality, preservation and integrity of information Subcommittee
ISO/TC 171/SC 2 Document file formats, EDMS systems and authenticity of information Subcommittee
ISO/TC 171/CAG 1   Advisory group Working group
ISO/TC 171/TF 1   Micrographics Standards Maintenance Working group


Joint working groups under the responsibility of another committee
Reference Title
ISO/TC 42/JWG 26 Joint ISO/TC 42-TC 46/SC 11-TC 171 WG: Imaging system capability qualification for archival recording and approval
Liaison Committees to ISO/TC 171

The committees below can access the documents of ISO/TC 171:

Reference Title ISO/IEC
ISO/IEC JTC 1 Information technology ISO/IEC
ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 27 Information security, cybersecurity and privacy protection ISO/IEC
ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 28 Office equipment ISO/IEC
ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 29 Coding of audio, picture, multimedia and hypermedia information ISO/IEC
ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 34 Document description and processing languages ISO/IEC
ISO/TC 42 Photography ISO
ISO/TC 46 Information and documentation ISO


Liaison Committees from ISO/TC 171

ISO/TC 171 can access the documents of the committees below:

Reference Title ISO/IEC
ISO/TC 46/SC 11 Archives/records management ISO


Organizations in liaison (Category A and B)
Acronym Title Category
LAS League of Arab States A
UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization A

ISO/TC 171 - Secretariat

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