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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 165 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 19 500 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 2011, the ISO standards-development system comprised 3,335 technical bodies including 224 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
Fax: +41 22 733 34 30
Email: bird@iso.org
Twitter: @isostandards


ISO in brief

A four-page introduction to the ISO standardization system, the ISO system's output, ISO's partners and ISO's path forward.

Annual Report 2012

This year, our annual report looks at innovation.

Read our online Annual Report 2012

ISO in figures

In 2013 ISO made 1,103 standards, had 165 members and 3,489 technical committees, worked on 1,829 new projects and was involved with 649 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.

Rob Steele

ISO Secretary-General

Rob Steele took up the post of ISO Secretary-General on 1st January 2009. He was formerly the CEO of Standards New Zealand. Rob is a Chartered Accountant, a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management.

Read Rob’s full profile

Rob Steele, ISO Secretary-General
Secretary-General, Rob Steele.
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Central Secretariat Headquarters in Geneva
Central Secretariat Headquarters in Geneva.
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