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International Organization for Standardization

About International Organization for Standardization

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) was established in 1947 in London, United Kingdom and has its current headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. It is an independent, non-government, non-profit organisation that collaboratively creates and publishes various technical and nontechnical international standards. It aims to promote safe, reliable, high-quality products and services. The standards pertain to many industries including technology, healthcare, agriculture, food safety and product manufacturing. The International Organization for Standardization does not cover the electronic engineering and electrical fields (known collectively as electrotechnology), as the standards for these are covered by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).


The international standards are developed as consensus-based voluntary guidelines that create cohesive solutions across many fields. Some are industry-specific, and others, such as occupational health and safety, relate to many different fields. The standards are applicable worldwide as a universal language, helping to support innovation in the global marketplace. International standards are essential reference points for developing and maintaining Australian Standards across various sectors.


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ISO 45001:2018
Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems - Requirements with Guidance for use
ISO 9001:2015
Quality Management Systems - Requirements
ISO 31000:2018
Risk Management - Guidelines
ISO 14001:2015
Environmental Management Systems - Requirements with Guidance for use
ISO 22301:2019
ISO Security and resilience - Business continuity management systems - Requirements
ISO/IEC 27001:2022
Information security, cybersecurity and privacy protection — Information security management systems — Requirements
ISO 22716:2007
Cosmetics — Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) — Guidelines on Good Manufacturing Practices
ISO 19011:2018
Guidelines for auditing management systems
ISO/IEC 17025:2017
General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories
ISO 13485:2016
Medical devices Quality management systems Requirements for regulatory purposes
ISO 13849-1:2023
Safety of machinery — Safety-related parts of control systems — Part 1: General principles for design
ISO 14971:2019
Medical devices Application of risk management to medical devices
ISO/TR 24971:2020
Medical devices Guidance on the application of ISO 14971
ISO 10993-1:2018
ISO/TS 16775:2021
Packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices Guidance on the application of ISO 11607-1 and ISO 11607-2
ISO 14083:2023
Greenhouse gases — Quantification and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions arising from transport chain operations
ISO 12217-1:2022
Small craft — Stability and buoyancy assessment and categorization — Part 1: Non-sailing boats of hull length greater than or equal to 6 m
ISO 14155:2020
Clinical investigation of medical devices for human subjects — Good clinical practice
ISO 22301:2019
Security and resilience Business continuity management systems Requirements
ISO 18453:2004
Natural gas Correlation between water content and water dew point
ISO/PAS 45005:2020
Occupational health and safety management — General guidelines for safe working during the COVID-19 pandemic
ISO 6185-3:2024
Inflatable boats — Part 3: Boats with a length of the hull less than 8 m with a motor power rating of 15 kW and greater
ISO 5832-4:2024
Implants for surgery — Metallic materials — Part 4: Cobalt-chromium-molybdenum casting alloy
ISO/IEC TR 5891:2024
Information security, cybersecurity and privacy protection — Hardware monitoring technology for hardware security assessment
ISO 20121:2024
Event sustainability management systems — Requirements with guidance for use
ISO 7965-1:2024
Packaging — Drop test — Part 1: Paper sacks
ISO/TR 8547:2024
Corrosion of metals and alloys — Exposure test results in the Asian Monsoon region
ISO 11427:2024
Jewellery and precious metals — Determination of silver — Potentiometry using potassium bromide
ISO/TS 12869-2:2024
Water quality — Detection and quantification of Legionella spp. and/or Legionella pneumophila
ISO 22705-3:2024
Springs — Measurement and test parameters — Part 3
ISO 15765-2:2024
Road vehicles — Diagnostic communication over Controller Area Network (DoCAN) — Part 2
ISO 2611-1:2024
Analysis of natural gas — Halogen content of biomethane — Part 1
ISO 6185-3:2024
Inflatable boats — Part 3: Boats with a length of the hull less than 8 m with a motor power rating of 15 kW and greater
ISO 20121:2024
Event sustainability management systems
ISO 7965-1:2024
Packaging — Drop test — Part 1: Paper sacks
ISO/TS 32007:2024
Document management — Portable Document Format
ISO 5832-1:2024
Implants for surgery — Metallic materials — Part 1: Wrought stainless steel
ISO 10297:2024
Gas cylinders — Cylinder valves — Specification and type testing
ISO 5411:2024
Ships and marine technology — Submersibles — Vocabulary
ISO 5667-3:2024
Water quality — Sampling — Part 3: Preservation and handling of water samples

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a series of some of the most common questions related to the International Organization for Standardization.  

ISO, which stands for the International Organization for Standardization*, is a non-governmental international organisation consisting of a network of national standards bodies. ISO members share their expertise and collaborate to develop international standards that set consistent benchmarks. This benefits businesses and consumers through simplifying choices and making processes more accessible, dependable and safer for everybody. It is also a way of promoting high-quality products and services. ISO is the principal standards body guiding Australian Standards.


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Given that the International Organization for Standardization is officially published in English, French and Russian, each of which would have different acronyms when abbreviated, it was decided that the acronym ISO be used across the board, whatever the country or language. This derives from the Greek ‘isos’ or ‘equal’, in the sense of friendship among equals.

 

The International Organization for Standardization is a fully independent, non-profit international organisation. Currently, it consists of 169 member bodies (members) that vote in ISO policy and technical meetings.

The three member categories are:

  •         Full members (including Australia) sell and adopt ISO international standards country-wide.
  •         Correspondent members attend ISO meetings as observers rather than participants. They sell and adopt ISO international standards in their country.
  •         Subscriber members observe ISO as non-participants and cannot sell the international standards in their country.

Through its 169 members, the International Organization for Standardization organises a series of technical and policy meetings in which expert members collaboratively develop international standards. These are done by more than 800 technical committees and subcommittees. To date, the ISO has published over 24,000 international standards pertaining to product development and services across many industries, such as agriculture and healthcare. These have a significant bearing on the safety, quality and efficiency of many industries around the world.

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