SDG 3: promoting good health and well-being via standards

Despite the increasing focus on health in our Western world, millions of people all over the world are still dying from preventable diseases and accidents every day. That is why the United Nations has committed to Sustainable Development Goal 3 (SDG 3) for a healthier and safer society, with greater focus on the well-being of every person. 

What is SDG 3 ?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) launched by the United Nations at the end of 2015 represent a concrete plan of action aimed at preparing the world for the challenges of today and tomorrow. In short: the SDGs promote a sustainable society. SDG 3 focuses on good health and well-being for everyone, aiming to continue the battle against infant mortality and reduce diseases like AIDS/HIV, malaria and diabetes. SDG 3 also devotes attention to road safety and generally accessible healthcare.  


SDG 3 in numbers


The number of mothers who are still dying every day all over the world due to complications during pregnancy which could be avoided.  

 77,3 millions

The number of cases of infection with the HIV/AIDS virus since the start of the epidemic.  

14,2 euros

Out of every 100 euros paid by Belgian taxpayers, 14.2 euros goes to pay for healthcare, according to the newspaper De Tijd. 


The number of Belgians who lost their lives in road traffic accidents in 2017, according to Statbel. 


What is the importance of standards for SDG 3?

Everyone is entitled to access to good quality healthcare. A lot of ISO standards support safe and qualitative medical practices, thus helping to ensure reliable and efficient healthcare. 

ISO health standards help to ensure that individuals and communities get the qualitative healthcare that they deserve, for example. They prescribe guidelines relating to occupational health and safety (ISO 45001) and list the requirements which medicines have to meet.  

The benefit for you? Safe working conditions for your employees.  


Which standards can help to achieve SDG3?

ISO standards can offer relevant guidelines for a safer and healthier environment. Those 6 standards are listed below: 

  1. ISO 45001:2018
    Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements with guidance for use
  2. ISO 13485:2016 
    Medical devices – Quality management systems – Requirements for regulatory purposes
  3. ISO 8124-serie 
    Safety of toys
  4. ISO 14001:2015 
    Environmental management systems – Requirements with guidance for use
  5. ISO 18400-104:2018
    Soil quality - Sampling
  6. ISO 26000:2010 
    Guidance on social responsibility


How should you go about implementing standards?

NBN can help you to put the SDGs into practice within your company or organisation. Purchase standards, take one of our training courses which will give you an insight into certain standards, and/or join standards committees and let your voice be heard. . 
  • Are you interested in purchasing one or more standards? You can do that via the e-shop or your personalised standards catalogue in myNBN
  • Would you like to broaden your knowledge through training? Send us an e-mail at or call 02 300 78 52. 

Here is a selection of what we have to offer: 


  • Would you like to help develop standards? Then why not join one of our standards committees. Send us an e-mail at or call 02 300 78 53. 

You can register as an expert and participate in a commission on the circular economy in June 2019.