2017 is ISO's 70th anniversary! The ISO story began in 1946 when delegates from 25 countries gathered in London to discuss the future of standardization. A year later, on 23 February 1947, ISO officially came into existence. In this post-war era, the founding members saw International Standards as a key to the world's reconstruction efforts.
Standardization is a truly international activity, and I've been lucky to have worked with more nationalities than I can remember. But, that said, my first business meeting with a German remains etched in my memory. It was in fact nothing more than a working breakfast, a chance to meet face-to-face after a good number of productive and friendly phones calls. "So, we'll meet at the café at half-nine? Look forward to meeting you then!"
Some ships in northern Europe have been using liquefied natural gas (LNG) as their fuel source for over a decade, with an extremely good safety record. As the use of LNG fuelled vessels spreads to other parts of the world and many more parties became involved, the need to standardize LNG bunkering operations at the international level became apparent. A new ISO standard will ensure LNG-fuelled vessels can bunker in a safe and sustainable way.
How do you know that your bottle of Champagne is the real McCoy? That your boots were really made in Italy or that your milk is, indeed, pasteurized? Traceability - known as chain of custody (CoC) - is important for ensuring the authenticity - and therefore quality and safety - of virtually every product imaginable. A new ISO committee has just been formed to make it easier.
When is a kilogram a kilogram? How do you accurately measure the spectrum of light? How do you correctly measure in thermodynamics? Consistency in quantities and units is essential for accurate measurements , and can only be achieved if everyone using them is using the same language. The ISO/IEC 80000 series of standards does just that, and it is currently under revision.