The History of ISO

BY Olivia Franklin ON 29th July 2016.




Back in February 1947 the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) officially began operating in Geneva, Switzerland. This was due to the success of a meeting held the previous year, which saw representatives from 25 countries attending. The idea was to create a new international organisation which would ‘facilitate the international coordination and unification of industrial standards’.

Since then, ISO have published over 250,000 international standards covering aspects of technology and manufacturing.

Through its 162 members, ISO brings together experts within the industries to share their knowledge, to develop and produce relevant internationally recognised standards. These standards aim to provide a solution to the worldwide challenges faced today. ISO’s mission is to be “simpler, faster, better” and to reduce the time it takes to develop standards in order to better serve the needs of society.



ISOs (International Standards) are woven into our lives as a trusted symbol of quality. Unknowingly, you come into contact with ISO Standards on a daily basis. Hundreds of signs and symbols are crossing language barriers to communicate important messages to you, from recycling logos on your drinks bottle to the stop signs in the road.

International Standards quite simply ‘make things work’ and provide worldwide recognised specifications for products, services and systems alike. The standards ensure businesses are operating safely, efficiently and are providing a high quality product or service to its clients. ISO certification can also assist businesses in accessing new markets both nationally and internationally, as they are recognised worldwide.

Organisations that have achieved ISO certification demonstrate that what gets measured gets done!  It clearly shows that you care about quality, something that is vitally important within the supply chain. As word of your ISO certification spreads, you will see new opportunities and benefits arise.