Standards provide rigorous definitions and goals for stove and fuel performance, safety, durability, and quality. Review the standards documents that currently are the foundation of national policies, support donor and investment decisions, and derive manufacturers to improve their technologies.

The best available international guidelines are being developed through an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) consensus process. Through this process, a standard on laboratory testing, an accompanying technical report to benchmark lab testing measurements, and a technical report on vocabulary have been developed. Additional standards and documents are under development. Join the standards development process to improve standards to be more rigorous, consistent, and clear.

ISO Harmonized Laboratory Test Protocols

ISO The ISO Technical Committee 285 working group on harmonized laboratory test protocols developed a standard that specifies lab testing protocols to measure and evaluate cookstove emissions, efficiency, safety, and durability. This working group also developed a supplementary technical report providing voluntary performance targets for cookstoves. These performance targets can be used as guidance and to benchmark potential performance of cookstoves..

ISO International Workshop Agreement

In February 2012, more than 90 stakeholders from 23 countries met for an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) meeting that resulted in unanimous support among meeting participants for an International Workshop Agreement (IWA 11:2012 Guidelines for Evaluating Cookstove Performance).  These interim guidelines for efficiency, total emissions, indoor emissions, and safety are a significant step forward in developing international standards. The technical content is available here.

ISO TC 285 developed a standard and a technical report on harmonized laboratory test protocols; these replace the IWA.
ISO TC 285 Stakeholder Survey
A stakeholder survey was conducted by a working group of ISO TC285 on Clean Cookstoves and Clean Cooking Solutions in the spring of 2016 to seek input from a diverse range of stakeholders interested in clean cookstoves and clean cooking solutions. The survey sought to identify the goals, priorities, and needs of these stakeholders in order to help guide the efforts of ISO Technical Committee 285 (TC285) in general, and Working Group 1 (WG1 – the Conceptual Framework Working group) specifically.
Standardized Reporting
IWA Test Reporting Form and Policy

The Global Alliance recommends that partners use this standardized reporting form and policy, to help non-technical audiences interpret and compare test results. This form was developed with input from Alliance partners.

Bolivia, ETD 83001, Cocinas mejoradas

Condiciones técnicas mínimas de instalación, funcionamiento y de rendimiento (Minimum technical conditions of installation, operation and performance)

India, BIS 13152, Portable Solid Bio
India, BIS 13152, Portable Solid Bio-Mass Cookstove (Chulha), currently under revision.
Kenya, KS 1814-1
Performance requirements and test methods:
South Africa, SANS 1913 2008
Kerosene for domestic heating and illuminating
Uganda, US 761

Energy efficiency stoves – Household biomass stoves – Performance requirements and test methods

Zimbabwe, Ref. 05/03/2012 S. Control No. 354594
Method of Tests and Compliance with SANS 1906-2006
Indonesia, SNI 7926-2013

Indonesia National Standard Method (SNI) 7926-2013, Biomass Stove Performance

ASABE Testing and Reporting Solar Cooker Performance
This Standard is intended to promote uniformity and consistency in the terms and units used to describe, test, rate, and evaluate solar cookers, solar cooker components, and solar cooker operation.