What is ISO? (International Organization for Standardization)

ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is a network of standards institutes from 159 countries with a central office in Geneva, Switzerland, that coordinates the system. (See Complete list of ISO Member Countries) 

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ISO in Brief

ISO is a non-governmental organization that forms a bridge between the public and private sectors, and is the largest standards organization in the world.

  • Many of its member institutes are part of the governmental structure of their countries, or are mandated by their government.
  • Some members have their roots uniquely in the private sector, having been set up by national partnerships of industry associations.
  • Therefore, ISO enables a consensus to be reached on solutions that meet both the requirements of business and the broader needs of society.

The 2009 ISO Certification Survey – overview of certification to the following standards:

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ISO Survey Summary

Should ISO improve the 9001 standard?
Should there be several standards depending on your size/type of business?

ISO 9001 User Survey

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ISO is surveying ISO 9001 users to gather feedback to help decide if and how to change this globally accepted quality standard. Your opinions, along with those of other users (or potential users) of the ISO 9000 standards, will be a vital input into helping shape the decisions that ISO/TC 176/SC2 will make during the revision process. Please help the ISO/TC176/SC2 in identifying the future contents of this vital Quality Management Standard (QMS) by completing the survey.

The survey is estimated to take about 30 minutes and is available in 11 languages.