Use the links below to get access to the range of current IUCN Red List guidance documents and Red List assessment tools. For more information on the Red List assessment process itself (from assessment preparation and submission to publication on the IUCN Red List) click here.
Refer to all of the following documents when preparing IUCN Red List assessments.
The Red List Guidelines document is regularly updated: the current version is version 13 (March 2017). Please check that you have the current version before starting to prepare a Red List assessment. Important Note: currently only version 12 (February 2016) is available in French; an updated French version is being prepared and will be released as soon as possible.
Documentation Standards and Consistency Checks for IUCN Red List Assessments and Species Accounts. Available in English. This document is regularly updated: the current version is version 2 (September 2013). Please check that you have the current version before starting to prepare a Red List assessment.
Classification Schemes Guidance Documents. See the Classification Schemes page.
Rules of Procedure: IUCN Red List assessment process 2017-2020. Available in English.
In addition to the documents listed above, regional and national Red List Assessors should refer to the following document.
IUCN also has a range of Red List assessment tools and policy documents relating to IUCN Red List assessments. In addition to the documents listed below, see the Publications and Links page for other useful Red List documents.
Red List Tool: Red List Index. MS Excel file providing a template for calculating a Red List Index. Available in English.
Guidelines for Calculating and Using a Red List Index. See the Red List Index section on the Publications and Links page.
Guidelines for Appropriate Uses of Red List Data. Available in English.