Standards provide rigorous definitions and goals for stove and fuel performance, including for efficiency, emissions, safety, and durability. Standards and associated performance targets provide a foundation for national policies, support donor and investment decisions, and drive manufacturers to improve their technologies.

The best available international guidelines for stoves and fuels are being developed through an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) consensus process. ISO Technical Committee 285 is the key body that is developing and approving standards in the field of cookstoves and clean cooking solutions. This committee comprises experts from 44 countries around the world and eight international organizations. This page has information on how to get involved, as well as how to participate as a Technical Committee 285 expert.

To date, Technical Committee 285 has published four deliverables: a standard on laboratory testing covering performance, safety, and durability (ISO 19867-1), a technical report on voluntary performance targets for cookstoves (ISO/TR 19867-3), a standard on field-testing methods (ISO 19869), and a technical report on vocabulary for the clean cooking sector (ISO/TR 21276). Additional standards and related reports are under development. Standards affect all types of organizations in the clean cooking sector. Participating in standards development allows organizations and countries to share their experiences and priorities, which makes standards more valuable and relevant. CCA encourages organizations to join the standards development process to improve standards so they are 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.