What is ISO? ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies, at present comprising 140 members, one in each country. The object of ISO is to promote the development of standardization and related activities in the world with a view to facilitating international exchange of goods and services, and to developing cooperation in the spheres of intellectual, scientific, technological and economic activity. The results of ISO technical work are published as International Standards. In brief words: -
The official title for the International Organization for Standardization
It is derived from the Greek isos, meaning-“equal”, which is the root of the prefix “iso”.
Whatever the country, whatever the language, we are always ISO. This is the meaning.
The ISO story began in 1946 when delegates from 25 countries met at the Institute of Civil Engineers in London and decided to create a new international organization ‘to facilitate the international coordination and unification of industrial standards’. In February 1947 the new organization, ISO, officially began operations.
Since then, they have published over 19500 International Standards covering almost all aspects of technology and manufacturing.
Today they have members from 165 countries and 3368 technical bodies to take care of standard development.
More than 150 people work full time for ISO’s Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland.
The ISO Mission
To develop and promote common standards worldwide to foster the international exchange of goods and services.
What are ISO standards?
A standard is a document that provides requirements, specifications, guidelines or characteristics that can be used consistently to ensure that materials, products, processes and services are fit for their purpose. ISO published over 19500 International Standards that can be purchased from