This series, known as ISO Standard 14644, is the product of ISO Technical Committee 209 (TC 209) Cleanrooms and Associated Controlled Environments, which is comprised of representatives from 19 nations. Standard 14644 consists of eight parts, some of which are finalized and some of which are still being created. TC 209 is also responsible for two ISO standards, 14698-1 and -2, which are biocontamination documents that are specific to cleanrooms.
Experts contend that the new standards will give cleanroom operators and designers a common set of references, replacing the frequently conflicting country-specific standards that were used previously. There remain questions, however, over the legal and regulatory ramifications of the standards and how each country will use the documents in the marketplace.