International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

Published: | Updated: February 12, 2017

Definition - What does International Organization for Standardization (ISO) mean?

International organization for standardization (ISO) is the world’s largest developer of voluntary international standards. It is a non-profit organization that develops and publishes standards of every possible category. It was founded in 1947 and has published upwards of twenty thousand standards covering nearly all aspects of technology and business.

Safeopedia explains International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

International organization for standardization (ISO) provides state of the art specifications for products, services and practices to make the industries more efficient and effective. ISO has operational relations with the United Nations (UN) and has more than 160 member countries. It has its headquarters situated in Geneva, Switzerland. It plays a vital role in agreement between individual standards developers, and develops and publishes international standards.

ISO general assembly meets annually where member countries and principal officers also attend. ISO council, under the general assembly takes care about the strategic issues and a number of bodies under the council provide guidance and management on specific issues. Day to day operations are carried out by a central secretariat.

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