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The ISO story

ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the world’s largest developer of voluntary International Standards. We were founded in 1947, and since then have published more than 21000 International Standards covering almost all aspects of technology and business. Today we have members from 161 countries and about 150 people work full time for our Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland.

Find out more about our history in the timeline below.

Or, you can read more about the first 50 years of ISO (1947 - 1997) in the book: