ISO standards are internationally agreed by experts

Think of them as a formula that describes the best way of doing something. 

It could be about making a product, managing a process, delivering a service or supplying materials – standards cover a huge range of activities.

Standards are the distilled wisdom of people with expertise in their subject matter and who know the needs of the organizations they represent – people such as manufacturers, sellers, buyers, customers, trade associations, users or regulators.

For instance,

Discover some of the best-known and most widely-used standards, as well as those that address recently emerged challenges affecting us all.

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ISO 3166 — Country Codes
Avoid confusion when referring to countries and their subdivisions with this standard.

When things don't work as they should, it often means that standards are absent.

ISO 9001:2015
Quality management systems

The ISO 9000 family is the world's most best-known quality management standard for companies and organizations of any size.

ISO/IEC 27001:2013
Information technology

Security for any kind of digital information, ISO/IEC 27000 is designed for any size of organization.

ISO 14001:2015
Environmental management systems

Requirements with guidance for use
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Developing standards
Find out how the ISO process bring together global experts to create standards that are chosen the world over.

ISO contributes to all of the Sustainable development goals

Here you can see the number of ISO standards that apply to each Goal.