ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is an independent, non-governmental membership organization and the world's largest developer of voluntary International Standards.
They were made up of our 163 member countries who are the national standards bodies around the world, with a Central Secretariat that is based in Geneva, Switzerland.
International Standards make things work. They give world-class specifications for products, services and systems, to ensure quality, safety and efficiency. They are instrumental in facilitating international trade.
ISO has published more than 19 500 International Standards covering almost every industry, from technology, to food safety, to agriculture and healthcare. ISO International Standards impact everyone, everywhere.
International Standards are strategic tools and guidelines to help companies tackle some of the most demanding challenges of modern business. They ensure that business operations are as efficient as possible, increase productivity and help companies access new markets.
Cost savings - International Standards help optimise operations and therefore improve the bottom line
Enhanced customer satisfaction - International Standards help improve quality, enhance customer satisfaction and increase sales
Access to new markets - International Standards help prevent trade barriers and open up global markets
Increased market share - International Standards help increase productivity and competitive advantage
Environmental benefits - International Standards help reduce negative impacts on the environment
Businesses also benefit from taking part in the standard development process.