ISO is a certification or accreditation given by International Organisation for Standardisation which comprises of groups of experts/ representatives from various national standard organisations with the purpose of development & promotion of International Standardisation of services and quality upliftment and improvement. This certification/ accreditation is a useful tool to add credibility by demonstrating that the products or services meet the expectation of international standard.
International Organisation for Standardisation is a Non- governmental organisation with the purpose of developing and publishing voluntary Internationally acceptable Standards and facilitates world trade by providing common standards between nations, head quartered in Geneva, Switzerland functioning from the year 1947 with members from 160+ countries.
ISO is not an acronym but is derived from the Greek ‘isos’ meaning ‘equal’. Over 20,000 standards have been set covering everything from manufactured products and technology to food safety, agriculture & healthcare.
What is a standard?
A set of processes that show that the product, service, or system meets specific requirements according to the International expectations to maximise compatibility, interoperability, safety, repeatability and quality. ISO only develops International standards, does not involve in certification and doesn’t issue certificates or licence to permit an activity. This is performed by external certification bodies according to the ISO’s Committee on Conformity Assessment (CASCO) standards.
Certification / Accreditation is the provision or recognition given by an independent body called Certification body of written assurance that the product, service, or system meets CASCO requirements.
ISO Standards makes:
The world safe, clean, more efficient place for food safety, computers, technologies, to make positive difference to lives.
For developing countries like India to help tackle global challenges, climate change, road safety, energy, & social responsibilities.
- Helps create growth.
- Open up global markets makes trade fair.
- Keeping connected worldwide.
- Makes more productive, by sharing ideas and promoting innovation.
- Provide important information on technical and organisational features.
- Help create interoperable products, define equal requirements for production processes, set comparable quality criteria or stipulate systems for the management.
- Promotes understanding, interoperability and compatibility contributing towards rationalisation and high level of quality for products and services.
- Serves as proof of quality and support the flow of information and management along the value chain linking the national and international division of labour.
- Promotes innovation and competition also helps make knowledge about technologies transparent and generally available.
- Creates added value to the business.
- Provides assistance in the technical and practical implementation of legal requirements with its state-of-the-art technology and clearly spell out statutory diligence requirements.
- Strengthens the International competitiveness of products and enterprises guarantee transparency the necessary technical preconditions and provide yardsticks for business activity.
- Promotes free world trade.