Written by Martin Burns
The work of a contact lenses standards development team in South Africa has been acknowledged with a presentation.
International Standards Organisation (ISO)/TC 172 won the Lawrence D Eicher Leadership Award.
Secretary Elisabeth Leitner accepted the accolade from ISO president Alan Morrison in a ceremony in Cape Town.
As he gave her the team"s award, Dr Morrison noted: "At a time when the World Health Organisation observes that sight impairment is increasing around the world, therefore necessitating the organisation of research for new treatments, we all realise the importance of the work of ISO/TC 172."
Contact lense are among the products for which the team develops standards, as well as reading glasses and other optical equipment such as telescopes and microscopes.
ISO claims to be the biggest international standards developer in the world and is a non-governmental group with a remit that includes 162 countries.
The central secretariat is based in Geneva.
by Alexa Kaczka