We're ISO: we develop and publish International Standards

ISO creates documents that provide requirements, specifications, guidelines or characteristics that can be used consistently to ensure that materials, products, processes and services are fit for their purpose.

We've published 21833 International Standards, which you can buy from our members or the ISO Store.

Bringing real and measurable benefits to almost every sector imagineable, standards underpin the technology that we rely on and ensure the quality that we expect.

International Standards: the launchpad for ideas that soar

Find out more about how standards touch almost every aspect of our lives and see standards in action.

Or perhaps you're looking to dive deeper into the facts, figures, research and data that demonstrate the benefits of standards.

Like a symphony, it takes a lot of people working together to develop a standard.

ISO’s role is similar to that of a conductor, while the orchestra is made up of independent technical experts.

You can find out more about the role of our members and the experts who help create standards by consulting the list of technical committees. Or you can learn more about the process that takes standards from proposal to publication.

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