The International Organization for Standardization,
ISO is a non-governmental organization that develops technical standards that contribute to the development, manufacturing, and supply of both supplies and services. They also promote fair trade between counties, providing the government with standards on health and safety issues. We take many things for granted. We always expect simple things, like patches, to do what we intend them to do. That’s what ISO ensures, and sets standards that make things better for our society as a whole.
With a central secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, ISO 146 is a network of standardized institutions in different countries. Starting in 1947, the ISO was made up of 25 delegates who agreed that a new international organization was needed to “combine international coherence and industry standards”. Due to the fact that the “International Organization for Standardization” would have different origins in different languages, it was decided to use the word derived from the Greek word “isos”. For this reason, no matter what country you are in, the short form of the organization is always ISO, which means “equal”.
To date, ISO has set approximately 14,000 international standards, covering areas such as agriculture, mechanical engineering, construction, medical devices and information technology development. While the majority of ISO standards are designed for certain products, ISO 900 and 14000 are related to standards and environmental regulations, and are considered “general management system standards”. By ‘general’, this means that they are a list of standards that all products and workplaces must meet, regardless of whether they manufacture a product or service, and so on. Regardless of where they are located. ISO standards help ensure that our world is a much better place, while maintaining customer compliance as well as working to minimize the harmful effects on the environment.