Many of the member institutes of ISO belong to the governmental structure of their countries, others are deep rooted in the private sector; thus, ISO is viewed as a respected and honored institution among the public and private sectors. This allows ISO to effectively cater to the business and social needs of stakeholders from all sectors and domains.
The conformity with standards provides assurance to the stakeholders that products and/ or services will operate as desired.
The standardization began with the establishment of International Electrontechnical Commission (IEC) in 1906. Other significatn contributions in fields other than the electrotechnical field came through International Federation of the National Standardizing Associations (ISA) that was established in 1926. In 1946, it was decided to create a new international organization with objective 'to facilitate the international coordination and unification of industrial standards'. Hence, ISO came in to being and officially started operations on February 23, 1947.
All members of ISO are treated equally towards development of standards. Having one vote per member regardless of the country to which he/ she belongs, ISO's activities are carried out in democratic way at the strategic as well as technical and operational levels.
ISO is a non-government organization and as such all the standards that are developed by ISO are not monitored for implementation as part of the regulatory mechanism. ...