What is ISO?

ISO is the world's largest developer and publisher of international standards. Formed in 1947, ISO is a non-governmental organisation that bridges the public and private sectors. It is made up of a network of national standards with one representative from each of the 161 countries involved. A central secretariat based in Geneva, Switzerland coordinates the system. Some member institutes form part of the governmental structure in their own country whereas other members have been set up by national partnerships of industry associates. This variation is advantageous as it is conducive towards reaching solutions that meet both the requirements of business and of society in general.