Five mine detection dogs (MDD) standards have been developed as part of the International Mine Action Standards (IMAS) package, and were formally approved by the UN in 2002. These are:
The revision of standards is time-consuming and costly, and so should be avoided if there is no real need, or if there are few changes to the original conditions.
However, the results from field-testing of the standards and from the studies reviewed by the GICHD imply that a comprehensive revision will be required.
The completion of research components will likely result in the production of a series of (technical notes in mine action (TNMA). So far one TNMA, "How do dogs detect landmines?", has been developed. It has been incorporated into the MDD book (see MDD book index, chapter 5, part 1).