International Organization for Standardization

International Organization for Standardization
Organisation internationale de normalisation
Formation23 February 1947 (1947-02-23)
TypeNon-governmental organization
PurposeInternational standards development
HeadquartersGeneva, Switzerland
168 members
(39 correspondents and
4 subscribers)[1]
Official languages
  • English
  • French
  • Russian[2]
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The International Organization for Standardization (ISO /ˈs/[3]) is an international standard development organization composed of representatives from the national standards organizations of member countries.[4] Membership requirements are given in Article 3 of the ISO Statutes.[5]

ISO was founded on 23 February 1947, and (as of November 2022) it has published over 24,500 international standards covering almost all aspects of technology and manufacturing. It has 811 Technical committees and sub committees to take care of standards development.[6] The organization develops and publishes standardization in all technical and nontechnical fields other than electrical and electronic engineering, which is handled by the IEC.[7] It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland,[8] and works in 167 countries as of 2023. The three official languages of the ISO are English, French, and Russian.[2]

  1. ^ "ISO members". International Organization for Standardization. Retrieved 17 November 2020.
  2. ^ a b "How to use the ISO Catalogue". Archived from the original on 4 October 2007.
  3. ^ Dare to dream BIG: Standards empower innovators (EN, ES, FR). ISO. 24 October 2016. Retrieved 14 February 2022.
  4. ^ "ISO Membership Manual". ISO. Retrieved 10 April 2022.
  5. ^ ISO Statutes (PDF) (in English, French, and Russian) (20th ed.). Geneva: International Organization for Standardization. 2022. ISBN 978-92-67-02040-2.
  6. ^ "ISO - About us". ISO. Retrieved 17 February 2023.
  7. ^ Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica. 3 June 2021. "International Organization for Standardization." Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2022-04-26.
  8. ^ "About ISO". ISO. Archived from the original on 17 February 2023.

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