International Organization for Standardization


The International Organization for Standardization (Organisation internationale de normalisation), widely known as ISO, is an international-standard-setting body composed of representatives from various national standards organizations.

In 1946, delegates from 25 countries met in London and decided to create a new international organization, of which the object would be “to facilitate the international coordination and unification of industrial standards”. The new organization, ISO, officially began operations on 23 February 1947, in Geneva, Switzerland.

The organization promulgates worldwide proprietary industrial and commercial standards. While ISO defines itself as a non-governmental organization, its ability to set standards that often become law, either through treaties or national standards, makes it more powerful than most non-governmental organizations. In practice, ISO acts as a consortium with strong links to governments.

ISO is the world largest standards developing organization. Between 1947 and the present day, ISO has published more than 17500 International Standards, ranging from standards for activities such as agriculture and construction, through mechanical engineering, to medical devices, to the newest information technology developments.

Name & Abbreviation:

The organization’s logos in its two official languages, English and French, include the word ISO, and it is usually referred to by this short-form name.

ISO is NOT an acronym or initialism for the organization’s full name in either official language. Rather, the organization adopted ISO based on the Greek word isos, meaning equal. Recognizing that the organization’s initials would be different in different languages, the organization’s founders chose ISO as the universal short form of its name. This, in itself, reflects the aim of the organization: to equalize and standardize across cultures.

List of Standards/Purchase:

ISO has developed over 17500 International Standards on a variety of subjects and some 1100 new ISO standards are published every year.

You can browse through various ISO standards or search for a particular standard at this page on official website of ISO

While browsing, the user can choose whether to access the listing By ICS (classified by subject in accordance with the International Classification for Standards) or By TC (sorted according to the ISO technical committee responsible for the preparation and/or maintenance of the standards). The price details are available on clicking a particular standard.

You can then purchase a particular standard through payment link available on its  page.

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