Author: International Organization for Standardization  Published: 2/18/2020

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 organization ‘to facilitate the international coordination and unification of industrial standards’. On 23 February 1947 the new organization, ISO, officially began operations.

Since then, we have published over 23019 International Standards covering almost all aspects of technology and manufacturing.

Today we have members from 164 countries and 781 technical committees and subcommittees to take care of standards development. More than 160 people work for ISO’s Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland.

To find out more about the history of ISO, see our timeline.

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ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organization with a membership of 164 national standards bodies.

Through its members, it brings together experts to share knowledge and develop voluntary, consensus-based, market relevant International Standards that support innovation and provide solutions to global challenges.

You’ll find our Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland. Learn more about our structure and how we are governed.

CONTACT ISO

International Organization for Standardization
ISO Central Secretariat
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CP 401 – 1214 Vernier, Geneva, Switzerland

E-mail: central@iso.org
Tel.: +41 22 749 01 11
Fax: +41 22 733 34 30

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International Standards make things work. They give world-class specifications for products, services and systems, to ensure quality, safety and efficiency. They are instrumental in facilitating international trade.

ISO has published 23019 International Standards and related documents, covering almost every industry, from technology, to food safety, to agriculture and healthcare. ISO International Standards impact everyone, everywhere.

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