What is ISO?… A vision of standards used everywhere
ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organization with a membership of 163 national standards bodies. Through its members, it brings together experts to share knowledge and develop voluntary, consensus-based, market relevant International Standards that support innovation and provide solutions to global challenges.
A global network of the world’s leading standardizers. Through members (the national standards bodies in 163 different countries) they bring together experts from all over the world to develop International Standards.
But beyond the task of guiding thousands of documents through drafting, review, voting and publication, they also offer a range of services that support our strategic goals. Among these they work to help raise public awareness of standards and standardization. they work with other organizations, such as the IEC and ITU, to create an annual World Standards Day. The day is celebrated by standards organizations around the world and takes a look at how standards address the challenges that face society today. ISO also engages the wider public through our consumer committee on standards development (COPOLCO). We promote the teaching of standardization, by participating directly in a joint masters program, helping our members to set up similar programs and by maintaining a database of materials related to standards in education at all levels. In addition to raising awareness, we also help our members through training, and act as a resource for standards-related research. You can find out more about the ISO strategy by checking out our strategic vision and our annual report,
but it all comes down to one thing: serving our customers to help achieve the vision of standards used everywhere.