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International Organization for Standardization

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The International Organization for Standardization (ISO /ˈs/[3]) is an international standard development organization composed of representatives from the national standards organizations of member countries.[4] Membership requirements are given in Article 3 of the ISO Statutes.[5]

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International Organization for Standardization
Organisation internationale de normalisation
Formation23 February 1947; 76 years ago (1947-02-23)
TypeNon-governmental organization
PurposeInternational standards development
HeadquartersGeneva, Switzerland
168 members
(39 correspondents and
4 subscribers)
Official languages
  • English
  • French
  • Russian[1]
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ISO was founded on 23 February 1947, and (as of November 2022) it has published over 24,500 international standards covering almost all aspects of technology and manufacturing. It has 811 Technical committees and sub committees to take care of standards development.[6] The organization develops and publishes standardization in all technical and nontechnical fields other than electrical and electronic engineering, which is handled by the IEC.[7] It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland,[8] and works in 167 countries as of 2023. The three official languages of the ISO are English, French, and Russian.[1]