How did we do in 2020? 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 2020
23 574

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

  • 21.4 % Information technology, graphics and photography 
  • 14.9 % Mechanical engineering 
  • 12.6 % Transport
  • 8.9 % Non-metallic materials
  • 6.8 % Health, medicine and laboratory equipment 

ISO work in 2020

1 627 ISO standards

published in 2020

(more than 84 000 pages)

3 696 technical bodies

developing standards

5 256 meetings

held in 43 countries

A TOTAL OF
4 465 work items

were on the programme of the technical committees

IN 2020

1 573 new work items

were registered

ON AVERAGE
30 technical meetings

per working day 

About the ISO Central Secretariat

In our Geneva offices
~150 people

are employed

diversity is in our dna
24 nationalities

work together in harmony

balance matters to us
57/43 ratio

of women to men