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Welcome to the 4Z-Pedia. Many of us have certainly heard of the term ISO before. Many of us may also know that it is associated with standards & specifications, with the aim of ensuring best practices in service delivery & product manufacturing. Let's learn more about the history of ISO, who issues standards, what benefits we get when applying those standards.

What is ISO?

  • ISO, "International Organization for Standardization", is an independent, non-governmental organization, founded on 23 February 1947.
  • ISO is a global network of national standards bodies, with one member per country.
  • ISO's job is to make international standards, & is coordinated by a central secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • ISO is a non-profit organization, selling standards allows it to finance development, maintenance, & making new standards in a neutral environment.
  • ISO bring together experts to share knowledge, & develop international standards that provide solutions to global challenges.

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ISO in Numbers:

(Until: October 31, 2022)


International standards

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What is an International Standard?

  • An international standard is a document, containing practical information & best practice.
  • It often describes an agreed way of doing something, or a solution to a global problem.
  • In short, ISO standards benefits:
    1. Make products compatible, so they fit & work well with each other.
    2. Identify safety issues of products & services.
    3. Share good ideas & solutions, technological know-how & best management practices.

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ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organization with a membership of 164 national standards bodies. It supports innovation & provides solutions to global challenges…

Examples of standards in everyday life:

Paper sizes:

  • Standards for paper sizes (A4 family), make life easier for printer, photocopier & office supplies manufacturers, because they know their products will work with available paper formats.

Food safety:

  • The food we purchase is safe to eat, thanks to internationally agreed hygiene & safety requirements outlined in standards.

Codes for countries & Currencies:

  • The world sees eye to eye, by using standardized codes for countries & currencies.

Credit cards:

  • Credit cards can be used anywhere, because they meet standards that specify the dimensions, technology & communication protocols that can work with dispensers & payment systems.

International Standards make things work. They give world-class specifications for products, services & systems, to ensure quality, safety & efficiency

How do we benefit from international standards?


  • Become more competitive, by offering products & services that are accepted globally.
  • Enter new markets easily.
  • Raise profits by offering products with increased quality, compatibility & safety.
  • Reduce costs by not reinventing the wheel, & using available resources better.
  • Benefit from the knowledge & best practice of leading experts around the world.


  • Harmonize regulations across countries, to boost global trade.
  • Increase credibility & trust throughout the supply chain.
  • Make it easier for countries to outsource & specialize.


  • Wider choice of safe & reliable products & services at competitive prices.
  • Best practice & concerted action at the organizational level to practically address global challenges.

How does ISO work?

  • ISO only develops a standard if there is a market need for it.
  • The main players in the process are members, experts & ISO/CS.
  • International standards are created by persons called EXPERTS, & they come from industry, government, consumer organizations, academia, non-governmental organizations, & more.
  • It is the MEMBERS' role, to identify the experts (>100 000 globally), & ensure an active voice for their country.
  • The ISO Central Secretariat – ISO/CS (150 full time staff) – coordinates the development process & publishes the standards.

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