Gel ink ball pens and refills — Part 2: Documentary use (DOC)
ISO 27668-2:2009 establishes minimum quality requirements for gel ink ball pens (refillable or non‑refillable) and refills for documentary use. Basic requirements for gel ink ball pens for general use are given in ISO 27668-1.
Stylos à bille à encre gel et recharges — Partie 2: Utilisation documentaire (DOC)
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Gel ink ball pens and refills —
Documentary use (DOC)
Stylos à bille à encre gel et recharges —
Partie 2: Utilisation documentaire (DOC)
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ISO 27668-2 was prepared by Technical Committee ISO/TC 10, Technical product documentation.
ISO 27668 consists of the following parts, under the general title Gel ink ball pens and refills:
⎯ Part 1: General use
⎯ Part 2: Documentary use (DOC)
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This part of ISO 27668 is applicable to gel ink ball pens for documentary use.
Part 1 of ISO 27668 is applicable to gel ink ball pens for general use.
For documentary use, some requirements, in addition to those for general use, are necessary
a) to assure the legibility of lettering, and
b) for the handling and storage of documents over long periods of time (these requirements are often
discussed with the archivist).
An example of documentary use is the preparation of documents that are required as evidence.
Furthermore, pens which meet the requirements for documentary use produce lines which are more resistant
to modification (e.g. attempts to falsify a document) than those for general use.
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) draws attention to the fact that it is claimed that
compliance with this document may involve the use of a patent concerning aqueous gel ink-filled ballpoint
The holder of this patent right has assured ISO that he is willing to negotiate licences under reasonable and
non-discriminatory terms and conditions with applicants throughout the world. In this respect, the statement of
the holder of this patent right is registered with ISO. Information may be obtained from:
Mitsubishi Pencil Company Limited
Patent Administration Department, 5.23-37, Higashi-ohi
JP-Shinagawa, Tokyo 140-8537
Attention is drawn to the possibility that some of the elements of this document may be the subject of patent
rights other than those identified above. ISO shall not be held responsible for identifying any or all such patent
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INTERNATIONAL STANDARD ISO 27668-2:2009(E)
Gel ink ball pens and refills —
Documentary use (DOC)
This part of ISO 27668 establishes minimum quality requirements for gel ink ball pens (refillable or
non-refillable) and refills for documentary use.
Basic requirements for gel ink ball pens for general use are given in ISO 27668-1.
2 Normative references
The following referenced documents are indispensable for the application of this document. For dated
references, only the edition cited applies. For undated references, the latest edition of the referenced
document (including any amendments) applies.
ISO 105-A02, Textiles — Tests for colour fastness — Part A02: Grey scale for assessing change in colour
ISO 105-B02, Textiles — Tests for colour fastness — Part B02: Colour fastness to artificial light: Xenon arc
fading lamp test
ISO 27668-1:2009, Gel ink ball pens and refills — Part 1: General use
3 Terms and definitions
For the purposes of this document, the terms and definitions given in ISO 27668-1 apply.
4.1 General requirements
See the general requirements given in ISO 27668-1:2009 (4.1 to 4.3.4, 4.3.7 and 4.3.8).
4.2 Erasure resistance
The surface of the testing paper shall show clear evidence of damage before the line is rendered invisible
when tested as specified in 6.2.1.
4.3 Ethanol resistance
The line shall remain visible when tested as specified in 6.2.2.
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