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Be part of the future Sphere standards now — Draft 1 of the revised Handbook is now open for review and comments. Humanitarians across the world are encouraged to share their experience and expertise in relation to the draft.

The lead authors and writing teams have been working with their review groups across six chapters to create the framework for the revised standards. The initial work is now ready to invite the widest possible input from practitioners around the world.

This first draft begins to move the standards from a text-heavy format to a clearer table style which draws out indicators, thresholds and targets and encourages the reader to think more about context. Common terminology is beginning to build greater consistency across chapters. Drivers of future humanitarian response, such as cash transfer programming, urban response or environmental concerns are grouped and woven throughout them. A stronger introduction to the Handbook and guidance to using the standards in context is also included.

A second draft, based on global feedback, will be shared for validation and additional comments from September.

How to share feedback

The draft text is available only in English but feedback can be submitted in other languages as well (Arabic, French and Spanish). 

There are three ways in which you can contribute:

Provide feedback on the draft standards by 30 June (extended deadline)

After reading the draft revised version of the Sphere standards, please share your feedback and comments through this online form (also available as a Word file). The deadline to submit feedback on Draft 1 is 30 June.

Take a survey on key sectoral issues by 16 June (extended deadline)

The revision writing team has put forward some questions about key technical and conceptual issues which require additional feedback through this online survey. The deadline to take the survey is 16 June.

Host a consultation or participate in one (up to the end of June)

The first round of consultation events is taking place up to the end of June. You can find out whether there is an event near you in the Sphere calendar or propose an event yourself.  (Download the Consultation toolkit.)

Get the draft standards

The content is available in English as PDF files packed into ZIP files, which also include guidance on content and feedback mechanisms.

You can download one chapter, several chapters, or all chapters at once through the icons below.

To download all the content at once, click on the icon below (10 Mb)

Introduction, Core Humanitarian Standard, Protection Principles


Water supply, Sanitation and Hygiene promotion — WASH

Food Security and Nutrition

Shelter, Settlement and Household Items 

Health Action