Do you work with a committee that has great leadership, uses innovative approaches and promotes the involvement of developing countries? 

The Award

The Lawrence D. Eicher Leadership Award is a prestigious award that recognizes the significant contribution and superior performance of an ISO technical committee (TC) or subcommittee (SC) to the development of ISO International Standards. The award is designed to encourage creative and collaborative work by rewarding the implementation of innovative and efficient processes and solutions that ensure the provision of excellent services.

It is also an opportunity to publicize and share best practice among ISO committees. Inaugurated in 2003, this award is named in honour of ISOʼs late Secretary-General, Lawrence D. Eicher, whose 16-year tenure at ISO (1986-2002) saw the organization evolve from an institution with a predominantly technological focus to a market-oriented organization whose standards are increasingly recognized as bringing, in addition to solutions to technical problems, wider social and economic benefits.

Nomination 2022


All ISO (and joint ISO/IEC) technical committees and subcommittees are eligible for consideration. 


Your nomination will provide a high-performing committee with the recognition it deserves and an opportunity to further promote its achievements. Nominations can be submitted by anyone participating in the ISO standards development process including (but not limited to):

  • TC/SC Chairs
  • TC/SC Committee Managers
  • Representatives of ISO member bodies
  • ISO Technical Programme Managers

Download the application form.

Nominations should be sent to by 30 April 2022.

Selection process

Selection committee

The selection committee reviews the nominations submitted and chooses the winner. It is composed of selected members of the ISO Technical Management Board  and changes every year.

Selection criteria

The selection criteria for this award include:

  • Effective leadership
  • Effective coordination of the entire committee structure
  • Use of innovative approaches
  • Proactive project management and effective meeting support
  • Desire to promote the involvement of developing countries
  • Rapid response to emergent issues

Award benefits

Award ceremony

The award, a certificate of appreciation, is presented to representatives of the chosen technical committee (for example the Chair and Committee Manager) every year by the ISO President at the ISO General Assembly. The chosen representatives (up to two) are funded by ISO to travel to the General Assembly.  Due to exceptional circumstances the 2021 award was awarded virtually.   

Other benefits

Success in the competition is a way of adding to the profile of the committee’s work both inside and outside the ISO community.

Inside the ISO community, the best practices of the winning committee are shared through ISO Connect, short videos  and the TMB Communiqué, with the objective of spreading innovative practices and good ideas to other committees. 

The winning technical committee also gains visibility by being highlighted in ISO’s external communication activities, including a promotional video created for the committee, which it can use to promote its activities and attract stakeholders.

And not forgetting the members of the winning committee, whose hard work earned them the award, the prize also includes some funding from ISO for the committee to organize its own celebration. 


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The 2021 LDE Award winner is ISO/TC 184/SC 4

Industrial data captured effectively is a powerful tool to help industry make better decisions. The ISO technical committee dedicated to this area won the prestigious ISO award in recognition of its valuable work.

ISO/TC 184/SC 4, Industrial data, has published over 770 International Standards dedicated to supporting the technology that captures high-quality data throughout the life cycle of a product. Its standards help organizations use this data to enable the best use of resources, promote more efficient processes and ensure that machines and services work in the way they were intended to.

The committee is a model example of one that serves the needs of the industry in an agile, responsive and inclusive manner, focusing on effective collaboration and continuous improvement.

In receiving the ISO LDE Award, the committee was most notably recognized for its proactivity, its large volume of quality standards, the growth of the number of participants in the standardization process and taking an innovative approach to committee work. 

Examples of ISO/TC 184/SC 4 best practices 

Stakeholder engagement

Engagement of a diversity of stakeholders throughout the value chain.
Leading representation from developing countries and emergent economies.

Project management

High levels of transparency and clarity, clear interface and effective between TC and SCs.


Responding to emergent environmental and conservation challenges while maintaining long-standing material standards.

For more details, see ISO Connect

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The ISO committee for industrial data wins top ISO award.

2020 - ISO/TC 45, Rubber and rubber products
2019 - ISO/TC 84, Devices for administration of medicinal products and catheters
2018 - ISO/TC 8, Ships and marine technology
2017 - ISO/TC 228, Tourism and related services
2016 - ISO/TC 207/SC 1 Environmental management systems
2015 - ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 27 IT Security Techniques
2014 - ISO/TC 45/SC2 Testing and analysis
2013 - ISO/TC 68 Financial services
2012 - ISO/TC 242 Energy management
2011 - ISO/TC 34 Food products
2010 - ISO/TC 211 Geographic information/Geomatics
2009 - ISO/TC 172 Optics and Photonics
2008 - ISO/TC 127 Earth-moving machinery
2007 - ISO/TC 184/SC 4 Industrial data
2006 - ISO/TC 67 Materials, equipment and offshore structures for petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries
2005 - ISO/TC 8 Ships and marine technology
2004 - ISO/TC 176/SC 2 Quality systems
2003 - ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 29 Information technology/Coding of audio, picture, multimedia and hypermedia information