ISO is an independent, non-governmental organization made up of members from the national standards bodies of 163 countries. Our members play a vital role in how we operate, meeting once a year for a General Assembly that decides our strategic objectives.
Our Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, coordinates the system and runs day-to-day operations, overseen by the Secretary General.
The General Assembly
The ISO Council takes care of most governance issues. It meets twice a year and is made up of 20 member bodies, the ISO Officers and the Chairs of the Policy Development Committees CASCO, COPOLCO and DEVCO. Under the Council are a number of bodies that provide guidance and management on specific issues:
- The President’s Committee - advises Council and oversees the implementation of the decisions taken by the Council and the General Assembly.
- CASCO - provides guidance on conformity assessment
- COPOLCO - provides guidance on consumer issues
- DEVCO- provides guidance on matters related to developing countries
- Council Standing Committees - advise on financial and strategic matters
- Ad hoc Advisory Committees - can be established
goals and strategic objectives of the organization
to the Council
is open to all member bodies and rotates to make sure it is representative of the member community.
The management of the technical work is taken care of by the Technical Management Board. This body is also responsible for the technical committees that lead standard development and any strategic advisory boards created on technical matters.