International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

Organisation internationale de normalisation
Organización Internacional de Normalización
Internationale Organisation für Normung
Mezdunarodnaja Organizacija po Standartizacii

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Feb 1947, Geneva (Switzerland), to follow up the work of International Federation of National Standardizing Associations (ISA), 1926-1942, and of United Nations Standards Coordinating Committee, 1944-1946. Registered in accordance with Swiss Civil Code.


Promote development of standardization and related activities worldwide with a view to facilitating international exchange of goods and services and to developing cooperation in the sphere of intellectual, scientific, technological and economic activity.

Future Events

2021 London, UK – General Assembly

2020 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – General Assembly

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International Standards prepared by about 3,000 technical bodies covering virtually all areas of technology, with participation of national delegations and some 580 international organizations in liaison. Develops policies through, inter alia, 3 policy development committees covering: developing country matters; conformity assessment; consumer issues. ISO technical committees organize regular meetings. Together with IEC and International Telecommunication Union (ITU) member of 'World Standards Cooperation (WSC)', whose primary function is to strengthen and advance the voluntary consensus-based international standards system.


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Consultative Status


 • United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (General);

 • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) (Special Status);

 • International Labour Organization (ILO) (Special List);

 • International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA);

 • International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO);

 • International Maritime Organization (IMO);

 • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) (General Category);

 • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (Consultative Status);

 • United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO);

 • World Health Organization (WHO) (Official Relations);

 • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) (Permanent Observer Status);

 • World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 26 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 3 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 162 countries
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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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