A vision of standards used everywhere

We're a global network of the world's leading standardizers. Through our members (the national standards bodies in 163 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.

See some of what we did in 2016
See an overview of what we did in 2016

 

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 can sell and adopt ISO International Standards nationally.
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.

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Research
Here you'll find a wealth of information that demonstrates the economic and wider benefits of standards
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Developing standards
Learning more about the processes and committees behind standards's development.
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ISO Awards
ISO has a number of awards that help promote different aspects of international standardization.
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Education about standards
Materials that support teaching the technological, economic and societal benefits of International Standards.

Publications

Cover page: ISO Strategy 2016-2020
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.
Cover page: ISO Membership Manual
ISO Membership Manual
Learn how to get the most out of ISO membership
Cover page: Annual Report 2016
Annual Report 2016
Navigating a world in transition  In 2016 the world faced challenges brought up by globalization, climate change and the unprecedented speed of technological breakthroughs. Here are the highlights of what ISO put in place to help the world get back control of the helm and seize the potential for positive...