ISO – International Organization for Standardization
International Organization for Standardization is world’s largest developer of voluntary international standards based in Geneva, Switzerland. It has published approximately more than 22,000 standards so far covering all aspects of business.
Story began in 1946. When delegates from 25 countries met at Institute of Civil Engineers, London. Decided to create new International organization to facilitate International coordination. In Feb, 1947, the new organization, “ISO” officially began operations. Today, they have members from 163 countries and 3318 technical bodies for the development of standards. More than 150 people work at ISO headquarter.
ISO Does Not Perform Certification
At ISO, we develop International Standards, such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, but we are not involved in their certification, and do not issue certificates. This is performed by external certification bodies, thus a company or organization cannot be certified by ISO.
However ISO’s Committee on Conformity Assessment (CASCO) has produced a number of standards related to the certification process, which are used by certification bodies. Read more about CASCO Standards.
For more details about ISO, visit https://www.iso.org/