ISO (the International Organisation for Standardisation) is an independent, non-governmental organisation, based in Geneva, Switzerland.
It is the world’s largest developer of voluntary international standards and facilitates world trade by providing common standards between nations. It’s made up of 165 member countries.
ISO has published more than 23,000 International Standards covering almost every industry.
The ISO story began in 1946 when delegates from 25 countries met at the Institute of Civil Engineers in London and decided to create a new international organisation ‘to facilitate the international coordination and unification of industrial standards’. In February 1947, the International Organization for Standardization officially began operations.
The name ‘International Organization for Standardization’ would have been different acronyms in different languages, so the short form ‘ISO’, derived from the Greek isos, meaning equal, was decided upon – whatever country, whatever language, ISO is always equal.