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ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the world’s largest developer and publisher of International Standards. ISO is a network of national standards bodies of 162 countries, with a Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland.

ISO standards are voluntary and we don’t regulate or legislate, although countries may decide to adopt our standards as regulations or refer to them in legislation. We have more than 21000 standards in our portfolio. Our programme ranges from standards for traditional activities, such as agriculture and construction, through mechanical engineering, manufacturing and distribution, to transport, medical devices, the environment, safety, information and communication technologies and to standards for good practice and for services.

More than 100 of our members are from developing countries and every full member has the right to take part in standards development, no matter what the size or strength of their economy. At the end of 2015, the ISO standards-development system comprised 3,535 technical bodies including 238 ISO technical committees.

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Our name

From the Greek isos, meaning equal. Whatever the country, whatever the language, the short form of our name is always ISO.

Our logo

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Press Contact

Katie Bird
Head, Communication and content strategies

Call: +41 22 749 01 11
Email: bird@iso.org
Twitter: @isostandards

ISO in brief

An introduction to the ISO standardization system, the ISO system's output, ISO's partners and ISO's path forward.

Annual Report 2015

This year ISO reached several milestones in its capacity and network-building activities for both ISO and its 162-memberstrong community around the world.

Discover ISO in 2015

ISO in figures

In 2015 ISO made 1,505 standards, had 162 members and 3,535 technical committees, worked on 1,827 new projects and was involved with 702 international organizations.

Read more about key ISO figures

ISO Standards in Action

Learn about how International Standards work in the real world, and the benefits they bring to business, society and the environment.

Kevin McKinley

Acting ISO Secretary-General

Kevin took up the post in August 2015. He was formerly Deputy Secretary General from 2003. Prior to this he was Director at the Standards Council of Canada.

Read Kevin’s full profile

Official Twitter account: @isosecgen

Kevin Mckinley
Acting Secretary-General, Kevin McKinley.
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Central Secretariat Headquarters in Geneva
Central Secretariat premises in Geneva.
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