We're a global network of the world's leading standardizers.

Through our members (the national standards bodies in 165 different countries) we bring together experts from all over the world to develop International Standards. 

Find out more about our members and the standards development process.

But beyond the task of guiding thousands of documents through drafting, review, voting and publication, we also offer a range of services that support our strategic goals.

Among these we work to help raise public awareness of standards and standardization. We work with other organizations, such as the IEC and ITU, to create an annual World Standards Day. The day is celebrated by standards organizations around the world and takes a look at how standards address the challenges that face society today. ISO also engages the wider public through our consumer committee on standards development (COPOLCO).

We promote the teaching of standardization, by participating directly in a joint masters program, helping our members to set up similar programs and by maintaining a database of materials related to standards in education at all levels.

In addition to raising awareness, we also help our members through training, and act as a resource for standards-related research.

You can find out more about the ISO strategy by checking out our strategic vision and our annual report, but it all comes down to one thing: serving our members to help achieve the vision of standards used everywhere.

 

What are the different types of ISO membership?

  • Full members (or member bodies) influence ISO standards development and strategy by participating and voting in ISO technical and policy meetings. Full members sell and adopt ISO International Standards nationally.
  • Correspondent members observe the development of ISO standards and strategy by attending ISO technical and policy meetings as observers. Correspondent members that are national entities sell and adopt ISO International Standards nationally. Correspondent members in the territories that are not national entities sell ISO International Standards within their territory.
  • Subscriber members keep up to date on ISO’s work but cannot participate in it. They do not sell or adopt ISO International Standards nationally.

You can learn more about ISO membership and its benefits in the ISO Membership Manual. Below you can discover how ISO supports members advance their standardization work through training, research, and standardization awards.

  • Research
    Here you'll find a wealth of information that demonstrates the economic and wider benefits of standards.
  • Developing standards
    Find out how the ISO process bring together global experts to create standards that are chosen the world over.
  • ISO awards
    ISO has a number of awards that help promote different aspects of international standardization.
  • Education about standards
    Materials that support teaching the technological, economic and societal benefits of International Standards.
ISO Strategy 2016-2020
The ISO Strategy outlines our priorities for the next five years. It provides guidance and strategic direction, helping us to respond to a future where constant change will require us to continually improve the ISO system.
ISO Membership Manual
Learn how to get the most out of ISO membership
Annual Report 2019
2018 saw renewed emphasis on our strong network of ISO members that helps to make ISO standards more globally known. We also invested in the standards capabilities, the know-how and the talent to continue creating value for the international community.

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October 2020

The extraordinary events of 2020 may have brought some sectors to a standstill, and caused major disruptions to many others, but for DEVCO, the ISO committee for developing countries, there is too much at stake to just wait and see. 

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September 2020

Some 700 participants from national standards bodies of 141 countries attended a special virtual event organized by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) on 24 September 2020, in lieu of the General Assembly which was due to take place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This has been …

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