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ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the world’s largest developer and publisher of International Standards. ISO is a network of national standards bodies of 163 countries, with a Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland.

ISO standards are voluntary and we don’t regulate or legislate, although countries may decide to adopt our standards as regulations or refer to them in legislation. We have more than 21607 standards in our portfolio. Our programme ranges from standards for traditional activities, such as agriculture and construction, through mechanical engineering, manufacturing and distribution, to transport, medical devices, the environment, safety, information and communication technologies and to standards for good practice and for services.

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More than 100 of our members are from developing countries and every full member has the right to take part in standards development, no matter what the size or strength of their economy. Currently the ISO standards-development system comprise 3943 technical bodies including 238 ISO technical committees.

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Our name

From the Greek isos, meaning equal. Whatever the country, whatever the language, the short form of our name is always ISO.

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Kevin McKinley

Acting ISO Secretary-General

Kevin took up the post in August 2015. He was formerly Deputy Secretary General from 2003. Prior to this he was Director at the Standards Council of Canada.

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Kevin McKinley, Acting Secretary-General
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