How did we do in 2021? How many projects did we begin? Which sectors were most active? How many documents did we publish?

Below you’ll find our key achievements in figures at a single glance. If you’d like to go into more detail, you can download a spreadsheet that gives this year’s numbers in detail. You can also look at our performance in previous years to see how we are evolving to keep pace with the changing needs of our members.

Detailed figures
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ISO standards at a glance

At 31 December 2021
24 121

International Standards and standards-type documents

These standards represent a total output of more than one million pages in English and French.

TOP 5 Technical sectors

% of published deliverables

  • 16.6 % Information technology, graphics and photography
  • 16.5 % Transport
  • 11.6 % Health, medicine and laboratory equipment 
  • 11.2 % Mechanical engineering 
  • 7.5 % Non-metallic materials

ISO work in 2021

1 619 ISO standards

published in 2021
(more than 108 000 pages)

3 751 technical bodies

developing standards

7 183 meetings

Due to COVID crisis 100% of meetings were held virtually

A TOTAL OF
4 174 work items

were on the programme of the technical committees

IN 2020

1 619 new work items

were registered

ON AVERAGE
41 technical meetings

per working day 

About the ISO Central Secretariat

In our Geneva offices
167 people

are employed

diversity is in our dna
28 nationalities

work together in harmony

balance matters to us
60/40 ratio

of women to men