What is ISO?
International Organization for Standardization
Network of the national standards institutes of 157 countries
One member per country
Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland
ISO occupies a special position between the public and privatesectors. This is because, on the one hand, many of its memberinstitutes are part of the governmental structure of theircountries, or are mandated by their government. On the otherhand, other members have their roots uniquely in the privatesector, having been set up by national partnerships of industryassociations.
Therefore, ISO is able to act as a bridging organization inwhich a consensus can be reached on solutions that meet boththe requirements of business and the broader needs of society,such as the needs of stakeholder groups like consumers andusers.