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Can anyone join ISO?

Individuals or businesses can't join ISO. Membership of ISO is only open to national standards institutes or similar organizations that represent standardization in their country (one member in each country). It's important to realize that companies that apply or certify ISO standards are not ISO members. Find out more about ISO members.

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ISO Glossary

Ad hoc group (AHG) :

Group set up within a committee to look into a particular problem and report back to the parent committee at a meeting. The group is disbanded after the meeting at which it presents its report.

CASCO (Conformity Assessment Committee):

Committee whose secretariat is provided by ISO/CS that deals with conformity assessment and is responsible for the development of conformity assessment standards.

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