What is the ISO?

ISO is the acronym for the International Organization for Standardization, which develops voluntary International Standards that provide state-of-the-art specifications for products, services, and management systems in order to break down barriers to international trade.

Product standards can cover material specifications such as ISO 216, which defines standard paper sizes; ISO 17269, which sets standards measuring car tires; ISO 10191 that states laboratory test methods for car tires.

The best-known management system standards are ISO 9001 Quality Management System, ISO 14001 Environmental Management System, and ISO 22000 Food Safety Management System.

The ISO is comprised of members from the national standards bodies of 163 countries. It’s Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, coordinates the system. The Department of Standards Malaysia (DSM) through STANDARDS MALAYSIA is a full membership for International Organization for Standardization (ISO).