Free ISO Flyer

ISO has published a new edition of “ISO in brief”, a four-page flyer that provides a concise introduction to ISO International Standards and the benefits they provide for business, government, and society.

The flyer states, “ISO standards make a positive contribution to the world we live in. They ensure vital features such as quality, ecology, safety, economy, reliability, compatibility, interoperability, efficiency and effectiveness. They facilitate trade, spread knowledge, and share technological advances and good management practices.”

ISO has a current portfolio of over 18,600 standards that provide practical solutions and achieve benefits for almost every sector of business, industry, and technology including agriculture, construction, mechanical engineering, manufacturing, distribution, transport, healthcare, information and communication technologies, food, water, the environment, energy, quality management, conformity assessment, and services. They make up a complete offering for all three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, environmental, and societal.

The flyer presents the ISO standardization system comprising the national standards institutes of some 160 countries, nearly 3,280 technical groups, 50,000 experts who participate directly in developing standards, with input from another 300,000.

The system also benefits from partnerships with over 700 international and regional organizations, including the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the United Nations system and its specialized agencies and commissions, particularly those involved in the harmonization of regulations and public policies.

New ISO standards published in recent years, or under development, address challenges as varied as social responsibility, information and societal security, response to climate change, energy efficiency and renewable resources, sustainable building design and operation, fair and transparent contract procurement, water services, nanotechnologies, intelligent transport systems, food safety management, and health informatics.

In the next few years, ISO will be able to offer new standards addressing a wide range of issues such as the carbon footprint of products, asset management, energy savings, human resource management, natural gas fueling stations for vehicles, outsourcing, the safety of amusement park attractions, and biogas.

The “ISO in brief” brochure can be downloaded as a PDF file free of charge from this web page at the ISO Website.