Health issues top technology wish list

Results of a survey conducted last year by ISO show an international consensus of concern about health, safety, and the environment, with cancer detection and treatment viewed as the highest technological priority. About a year ago (May 1989, p. 46), I wrote a column about an ISO questionnaire that had been circulated to determine what kinds of new standardization work the organization should undertake. The questionnaire was divided into 10 topic areas from new materials to safety and the environment. Within each area, respondents were asked to assess the importance of developing the technology and when work should begin.

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