The ISO story began in 1946 when delegates from 25 countries met at the Institute of Civil Engineers in London and decided to create a new international organisation ‘to facilitate the international coordination and unification of industrial standards’. On 23 February 1947 the new organization, ISO, officially began operations.
Since then, well over 21716 have been published and with International Standards covering almost all aspects of technology and manufacturing.
Today members from 163 countries and 786 technical bodies to take care of standards development. More than 135 people work full time for ISO’s Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland.
Through its members, it brings together experts to share knowledge and develop voluntary, consensus-based, market relevant International Standards that support innovation and provide solutions globally this covers all 6 continents.
Certification benefits organisations because it helps them to establish standards and improve their performance. It promotes consistency and continuous improvement, and can help organisations gain external finance, qualify for tenders and sets them apart from their competitors. Other benefits of achieving ISO certification are - Customer Satisfaction, Process Improvement, Product Improvement, Pre-Qualification and Requests for Quotation, Operational Efficiency, Internal Auditing, Risk Management, Training and Competence and Brand and Reputation.