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Today's state-of-the-art global solutions for CEOs

Today's state-of-the-art global solutions for CEOs - online publication

This package explains to busy managers the advantages of putting International Standards on the leadership agenda.

The international language of ISO graphical symbols

The international language of ISO graphical symbols - online publication

A fun, easy-to-read booklet, developed by ISO, to raise awarness about ISO graphical symbols and teach the public to recognize the different meanings behind their various shapes and colours.

       

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ISO & Health

Health matters - in all communities, all over the world. Access to health services, quality care and safe medical practices and equipment is important to people everywhere.

We have over 1200 standards that focus on health, in many sectors ranging from dentistry to medical devices, and health informatics to traditional medicines.

In this brochure you can find out more about these standards and how they help improve the quality of care, reduce health care costs and protect the health and safety of patients all over the world.

ISO & Safety

ISO safety standards protect the health and safety of people and communities; save lives and reduce injury, and protect children, the elderly and other vulnerable populations.

ISO & Energy

The energy challenge cuts across borders and requires the concerted effort of all countries. ISO International Standards are developed with all stakeholders on board: industry, government and consumers. They represent global consensus on practical technological solutions that can be implemented everywhere.

How ISO standards support global car industry

There are few industries more global than the automotive sector whose supply chains link suppliers large and small, worldwide. ISO International Standards allow this system to mesh efficiently and effectively.

This brochure presents a compilation of recent articles from ISO Focus+ magazine and of press releases showing the scale of ISO's rapid responsiveness to the needs of this important sector.

ISO & Construction

This brochure gives a concise overview of ISO's substantial portfolio of International Standards for the construction sector. It underlines how ISO standards tackle the challenges of sustainable development at the same time as providing requirements for technical and functional performance.

ISO standards - What's the bottom line?

But how do ISO standards contribute to the economic returns of countries and companies? What is the "bottom line"? This brochures provides answers by giving examples in hard figures of the benefits of implementing ISO's and other voluntary, consensus-based standards.

ISO & Food

ISO's solutions for ensuring quality and safety in the food industry are the subject of this brochure which provides a concise overview of International Standards available and how they can help.

ISO & Road vehicles

ISO standards share state-of-the-art technology and good practice with the automotive sector worldwide Out of a current total (December 2011) of nearly 19 000 ISO International Standards for almost all sectors of business and technology, some 900 have been developed for road vehicles and related technologies.

Rio+20. Forging action from agreement. How ISO standards translate good intentions about sustainability into concrete results

ISO has released a second edition of its brochure for the upcoming Rio+20 summit now including referrals from users and stakeholders on how voluntary ISO International Standards help to achieve the objective of sustainability.

10 good things for SMEs

Managers of small businesses in 10 countries from around the world say how ISO standards contribute to their success.

ISO Strategic Plan 2011-2015. Solutions to Global Challenges

The route map, via seven key objectives, to the global vision for ISO in 2015: to be the world's leading provider of high quality, globally relevant International Standards through its members and stakeholders.

ISO Action Plan for developing countries 2011-2015

The goal of the Action Plan is to contribute to improving developing countries' economic growth and access to world markets, enhancement of the lives of citizens, fostering innovation and technical progress and achieving sustainable development when considered from each of the economic, environmental and societal perspectives.

Fast forward - National Standards Bodies in Developing Countries

This publication will help developing countries and countries with economies in transition make optimal use of national standardization infrastructure as a lever for economic development, trading capacity and support for consumer, social and environmental protection. User-friendly introduction and practical tool for people tasked with the establishment, upgrading and management of a national standards body. Prepared jointly by ISO and UNIDO.

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.

ISO Code of Ethics

ISO Code of Ethics has been approved by ISO Council. It groups principles and commitments that already existed in a number of statutory documents, directives and General Assembly or Council resolutions.

How ISO's technical programme and standards contribute to a sustainable world

The purpose of this brochure is to provide a concise overview of how ISO's technical programme, which has so far produced more than 17 400 International Standards, contribute to a sustainable world.

Metrology, standardization and conformity assessment - Building an infrastructure for sustainable development

A four page introduction that shows how metrology, standardization and conformity assessment are the three pillars of knowledge for developing a technical infrastructure, and there by enabling sustainable development and full participation in international trade and how they are linked together.

International Classification for Standards (ICS)

Serves as a structure for catalogues of international, regional and national standards and other normative documents, and as a basis for standing-order systems.

ISO Statutes

Trilingual document in English, French and Russian, of the complete text of ISO Statutes.

Conformity Assessment

A guide to good practice - Principles and practices in product regulation and market surveillance

This document was developed by ISO to assist regulators and market surveillance authorities. It is especially intended for developing regions, to design market surveillance systems that conform to modern good practice criteria and that make the best use of the "CASCO Toolbox" of International Standards and other deliverables that have been developed to support good regulatory practice.

Conformity assessment for standards writers - Do's and don't

This document provides guidance to ISO technical committees and subcommittees on the drafting of documents specifying conformity assessment arrangements.

Metrology, standardization and conformity assessment - Building an infrastructure for sustainable development

A four page introduction that shows how metrology, standardization and conformity assessment are the three pillars of knowledge for developing a technical infrastructure, and there by enabling sustainable development and full participation in international trade and how they are linked together.

Information on REMCO, the ISO Committee on reference materials

This publication will facilitate the awareness of REMCO's work and its deliverables. It is intended to help reference material producers from the public and private sector, accreditation bodies at national and international level, national metrology institutes and regional/global metrology bodies, customers of reference materials and regulatory authorities.

Consumers

Involving consumers - Why and how. Practical guidance for standards development bodies

This brochure provides national standards bodies and other standards development organizations with practical guidance on achieving consumer participation in standardization. It covers why and when to engage consumers, the added value of their participation, how to organize it effectively and what it means to be a consumer representative.

ISO and the consumer

A brief explanation of why and how ISO solicits consumers' views in its standardization work, the favourable impact that consumer involvement has had on ISO's activities, the benefits consumers stand to gain from the standardization process and how they help ISO look towards the future.

How ISO/IEC Guides add value to international standards

This brochure gives an overview of joint guides that are of wide general interest. Although primarily developed to help standards writers take into account the needs of stakeholders such as consumers, the guides contain useful information for people not involved in standards work, such as designers, product manufacturers, service providers, retail chains, testing laboratories, regulators and associations representing the interests of consumers, the disabled, children and senior citizens, in addition to environmentalists, academics and their students.

The consumer and standards - Guidance and principles for consumer participation in standards development

This brochure outlines the meaning and essential elements of consumer participation, including an overview of standards development procedures, as well as the history of consumer participation in standards work. Criteria for setting consumer priorities are provided together with the priority areas selected by COPOLCO. Relevant ISO/IEC guides, International Standards, and other publications are also referenced in this brochure.

Your voice matters - Why consumers need to participate in standards- making... and how to get involved

Provides a good basic introduction to how standards at all levels can improve from consumers' input in their development, and why it is so important for consumers to participate actively in the standards-making process. This brochure describes the role of consumer representatives in ISO workand lists the particular benefits (fitness for purpose, safety features,environmental protection, etc.) to standards of consumer participation. It contains useful information and actual examples where consumers' participation have favourably influenced standards for products.

Addressing the needs of older persons and people with disabilities in standardization work

Information on the policy statement developed by the ISO Committee on Consumer Policy (COPOLCO) and approved by the ISO and IEC Councils.

The international language of ISO graphical symbols

A fun, easy-to-read booklet, developed by ISO, to raise awarness about ISO graphical symbols and teach the public to recognize the different meanings behind their various shapes and colours.

Management Standards

Environmental management - The ISO 14000 family of International Standards

The brochure provides a basic introduction to the ISO 14000 family of standards, gives a concise idea of how they have evolved to provide comprehensive solutions to the range of environmental challenges facing business, government and society today and points out that the ISO 14000 standards not only provide environmental benefits, but also significant tangible economic benefits.

ISO 9001 - What does it mean in the supply chain?

Managers responsible for selecting suppliers or responsible for purchasing decisions now have available an attractive hard copy version of the ISO brochure, ISO 9001 in the supply chain, up to now published uniquely as a Web document.

Rio+20. Forging action from agreement. How ISO standards translate good intentions about sustainability into concrete results

ISO has released a second edition of its brochure for the upcoming Rio+20 summit now including referrals from users and stakeholders on how voluntary ISO International Standards help to achieve the objective of sustainability.

Win the energy challenge with ISO 50001

ISO 50001 establishes a framework for industrial plants; commercial, institutional, or governmental facilities; or entire organizations to manage energy. Targeting broad applicability across national economic sectors, it is estimated that the standard could influence up to 60 % of the world's energy use.

ISO International Standards practical tools for addressing climate change

This brochure describe how ISO standards offer practical tools for addressing climate change at four levels :
- Monitoring climate change;
- Quantifying GHG emissions and communicating on environmental impacts;
- Promoting good practice in environmental management and design;
- Opening world markets for enery efficient technologes.

Social responsibility - Discovering ISO 26000

This brochure gives a resume of the contents of ISO 26000 a basic understanding of the standard and what it can help organizations to achieve.

Selection and use of the ISO 9000 family of standards

The brochure provides an overview of the standards in the ISO 9000 family and demonstrates how, collectively, they form a basis for continual improvement and business excellence. In addition to user examples, it includes sections on the following topics: description of the ISO 9000 core series standards; step-by-step process for implementing a quality management system; maintaining benefits and continual improvement; future of the ISO 9000 family.

Quality management principles

This document introduces to the eight quality management principles as defined in ISO 9000:2005 and in ISO 9004:2009. These principles can be used by senior management as a framework to guide their organizations towards improved performance.

The Kids' ISO 14000 Programme

This brochure provides the background, scope and ambitions of a Programme created and operated by the Japanese non-profit organization ArTech, that ISO is supporting and promoting, which seeks to develop environmental awareness among children and young people. By drawing on the organizing principle of the ISO 14000 environmental management system standards in their homes and communities, this Programme enables them to develop a proactive attitude to environmental issues and to learn from their own experience that their actions can have a beneficial impact on the environment.

Standards Development

Economic benefits of Standards - ISO Methodology 2.0

This book explains how to use the ISO Methodology - a step-by-step way to quantitatively measure the economic benefits of standards.

The ISO Methodology is applied at the company level. It involves identifying the activities for which standards are used, and then investigating how these activities, supported by the use of standards, contribute to the creation of value for the company.

The ISO Methodology can be used by national standards bodies and other standards development organizations to measure the economic benefits of standards and therefore help raise the awareness of their positive impact.
Companies can apply the ISO Methodology to help understand better the impacts of standards on their activities and therefore improve performance.

Guidance on Twinning in ISO standards

Twinning is a partnership between a developing country ISO member and a developed country ISO member. It aims to improve the standardization infrastructure and capacities of the developing country member, to optimize the use of resources through increased cooperation, and to develop long-term strategic partnerships. This document provides guidance for ISO members about twinning.

Guidance for writing standards taking into account the needs of SMEs

This document provides guidance, advice and recommendations to standards writers on how to take into account the needs of SMEs and addresses the issues to be considered during the development process of standards.

Economic benefits of standards - International case studies Volume 2

This ground-breaking book presents "The ISO Methodology to assess the economic benefits of standards" in action. It provides case studies from a variety of organizations of different sizes and from different sectors from the following countries: Cameroon, China, Egypt, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritius, Senegal and Sri Lanka.

Economic benefits of standards - International case studies

This ground-breaking book presents "The ISO Methodology to assess the economic benefits of standards" in action. It provides case studies from a variety of organizations of different sizes and from different sectors from the following countries: Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Botswana, South Africa and Germany.

Teaching Standards. Good practices for collaboration between National Standards Bodies and universities

This publication provides an overview of the key reasons why standardization should be part of university programmes and describes the approaches followed by universities in addressing standards-related topics in different disciplines providing a number of specific examples. It presents the various forms of cooperation between national standards bodies and universities and proposes a roadmap that national standards bodies can follow to develop or strengthen collaboration with universities highlighting key success factors and obstacles to be removed.

How to write standards - Tips for standards writers

This document is for people wanting to write clear, concise and user-friendly ISO International Standards and other Publications.

Guidance for ISO liaison organizations - Engaging stakeholders and building consensus

This brochure aims to help liaison organizations in the continual improvement of the processes employed by ISO and its partners to develop International Standards that provide benefits for business, government and society.

Guidance for national standards bodies - Engaging stakeholders and building consensus

This brochure aims to help national standards bodies in the continual improvement of the processes employed by ISO and its partners to develop International Standards that provide benefits for business, government and society.

Building linkages for export success

This ISO/ITC handbook is designed for those in national standards bodies, trade promotion organizations and government agencies supporting international trade to show the advantages of closer collaboration to assist exporters in their country.

International standards and "private standards"

This brochure clarify the distinctions between international standards of the type developed by the ISO system, using well described and accepted principles and disciplines, and "private" standards developed by industry consortia and potentially other groupings.

Standards work on the Web: the ISO solutions

This publication is designed to help national standards bodies take advantage of the possibilities offered by information and communication technologies (ICT). It gives advice and guidance, suggests procedures and provides information on practical tools needed by NSBs to support their standardization activities and includes an overview of ISO eServices

Financing NSBs

Financial Sustainability for National Standards Bodies. This publication provide further information on activities, services and financing approaches for NSBs. Is the latest in a series of books developed by ISO targeting developing countries and transition economies.

My ISO job - What delegates and experts need to know

This brochure offers delegates and experts a quick reference to the ISO system and its processes.

Fast forward - National Standards Bodies in Developing Countries

This publication will help developing countries and countries with economies in transition make optimal use of national standardization infrastructure as a lever for economic development, trading capacity and support for consumer, social and environmental protection. User-friendly introduction and practical tool for people tasked with the establishment, upgrading and management of a national standards body. Prepared jointly by ISO and UNIDO.

How ISO/IEC Guides add value to international standards

This brochure gives an overview of joint guides that are of wide general interest. Although primarily developed to help standards writers take into account the needs of stakeholders such as consumers, the guides contain useful information for people not involved in standards work, such as designers, product manufacturers, service providers, retail chains, testing laboratories, regulators and associations representing the interests of consumers, the disabled, children and senior citizens, in addition to environmentalists, academics and their students.

Using and referencing ISO and IEC standards for technical regulations

This document was developed by ISO and the IEC to convey to regulators the benefits of choosing to use and reference ISO and IEC standards for regulations and to demonstrate that doing so can support good regulatory practice.

Copyright, standards and the Internet

The purpose of this brochure is to help users and customers of ISO and IEC International Standards and their national versions to benefit form the new opportunities provided by the availability of standards over the Internet without falling into the traps of copyright infringement and abuse of intellectual properties.

Supporting stakeholders - Disseminating ISO Documents to National Mirror Committees

The ISO Central Secretariat has implemented a new, fully reliable, cost-effective, automated service that allows ISO members to disseminate all types of ISO committee documents within minutes to their national stakeholders. This brochure describes how the service works and what ISO members need to do to implement it for the benefit of their stakeholders.

International Classification for Standards (ICS)

Serves as a structure for catalogues of international, regional and national standards and other normative documents, and as a basis for standing-order systems.

Metrology

Metrology, standardization and conformity assessment - Building an infrastructure for sustainable development

A four page introduction that shows how metrology, standardization and conformity assessment are the three pillars of knowledge for developing a technical infrastructure, and there by enabling sustainable development and full participation in international trade and how they are linked together.

Environment

Environmental labels and declarations - How ISO standards help

This ISO brochure gives a concise and clear introduction to the ISO 14020 series of standards dealing with different aspects of environmental labels and declarations. It will help both manufacturers and consumer representatives understand how a simple set of rules and guidelines can ensure that environment claims made on products or labels can be trusted.

Sustainable events with ISO 20121

Overview of ISO 20121, a practical tool for managing sustainable events.

ISO & Water

ISO's solutions for addressing vital global water challenges are the subject of this brochure which provides a concise overview of International Standards available and how they can help.

Rio+20. Forging action from agreement. How ISO standards translate good intentions about sustainability into concrete results

ISO has released a second edition of its brochure for the upcoming Rio+20 summit now including referrals from users and stakeholders on how voluntary ISO International Standards help to achieve the objective of sustainability.

GHG schemes addressing climate change - How ISO standards help

Against the background of a proliferation of greenhouse gas (GHG) programmes launched to tackle climate change, ISO seeks to bring clarity with this brochure which proves an overview of the different schemes and describes the practical role that GHG metrics standards such as ISO 14064 can play.

Environmental management - The ISO 14000 family of International Standards

The brochure provides a basic introduction to the ISO 14000 family of standards, gives a concise idea of how they have evolved to provide comprehensive solutions to the range of environmental challenges facing business, government and society today and points out that the ISO 14000 standards not only provide environmental benefits, but also significant tangible economic benefits.

ISO International Standards practical tools for addressing climate change

This brochure describe how ISO standards offer practical tools for addressing climate change at four levels :
- Monitoring climate change;
- Quantifying GHG emissions and communicating on environmental impacts;
- Promoting good practice in environmental management and design;
- Opening world markets for enery efficient technologes.

Information Technology

The force multiplier for ICT innovation

The 24-page brochure explains how ICT standards developed by ISO/IEC JTC 1 are absolutely essential to the interoperability of different component parts and products from different manufacturers.

Quality

Selection and use of the ISO 9000 family of standards

The brochure provides an overview of the standards in the ISO 9000 family and demonstrates how, collectively, they form a basis for continual improvement and business excellence. In addition to user examples, it includes sections on the following topics: description of the ISO 9000 core series standards; step-by-step process for implementing a quality management system; maintaining benefits and continual improvement; future of the ISO 9000 family.

Quality management principles

This document introduces to the eight quality management principles as defined in ISO 9000:2005 and in ISO 9004:2009. These principles can be used by senior management as a framework to guide their organizations towards improved performance.

ISO 9001 - What does it mean in the supply chain?

Managers responsible for selecting suppliers or responsible for purchasing decisions now have available an attractive hard copy version of the ISO brochure, ISO 9001 in the supply chain, up to now published uniquely as a Web document.

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