ISO is the International
Organization for Standardization*.
set up in 1947 and is located in
is to facilitate and support national and international
trade and commerce by
recognize and respect. ISO achieves this
purpose through the participation and support of its members.
come from 164 national standards bodies.
ISO standards are developed by many technical committees.
serve on these technical
from many national
ISO standards tend
to have worldwide support.
Currently, ISO has 250 technical committees, 510
and 2478 working groups. Since 1947,
ISO's technical experts
developed over 18,600 standards in every
business and technical sector including energy,
engineering, agriculture, construction, computing,
healthcare, transportation, distribution, and communications.
ISO standards help to ensure that products,
and technologies work properly and are safe and
to help ensure that organizations actually apply these
ISO's technical experts have
also developed several conformity
assessment guides. These guides help organizations to verify that
supplies, materials, products, processes, services, systems, tools,
equipment, and personnel actually comply with ISO's standards.
In short, ISO helps make things safer, simpler,
It helps all of us to be more productive and prosperous.
For this, ISO deserves our admiration and support.
*The International Organization for Standardization
(and not IOS) because the word
“equal” or “equivalent” in
Greek, and because
ISO works better
when translated into other languages.