Data elements and interchange formats - Information interchange - Representation of dates and times

Document Information

GSC Classification OFFICIAL
Access Policy Open
Reference bps82569-2019-02
Alt. Reference
Digital Intelligence and Investigation DII S&R 031
International Standards Organisation 8601
Document Status Current
Primary Classification
Author Organisation International Standards Organisation
Sponsor OrganisationNot Known
Trustee NPTC Standards Working Group,

Copyright Notice Copyright (c) 2016 National Police Technology Council (NPTC) group and the persons identified as the document authors. All rights reserved.


ISO 8601 can be used by anyone who wants to use a standardised way of presenting dates and times. It helps cut out the uncertainty and confusion when communicating internationally.

The full standard covers ways to write: Date Time of day Coordinated universal time (UTC) Local time with offset to UTC Date and time Time intervals Recurring time intervals


This gives guidance on how to appropriately represent and format dates and times within data elements.

Normative References

bps82569-2019-02 link



2018-10-22Digital Intelligence and InvestigationInternal assurance through the DPP programme.

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Standards | DII Programme IntegrationActive


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