International Standards Organization

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ISO (abbreviation)
International Organization for Standardization; International Standards Organization
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International Organization for Standardization
Organisation internationale de normalisation  (French)
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Abbreviation ISO
Formation 23 February 1947
Type Non-governmental organization
Purpose International standardization
Headquarters Geneva, Switzerland
162 members
Official languages

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is an international standard-setting body composed of representatives from various national standards organizations.

Founded on 23 February 1947, the organization promotes worldwide proprietary, industrial and commercial standards. It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and as of 2015 works in 163 countries.

It was one of the first organizations granted general consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

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