About ISO

ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the world's largest developer and publisher of International Standards. ISO is a network of the national standards institutes of 162 countries, one member per country, with a Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, that coordinates the system. ISO is a non-governmental organization that forms a bridge between the public and private sectors.

On the one hand, many of its member institutes are part of the governmental structure of their countries, or are mandated by their government. On the other hand, other members have their roots uniquely in the private sector, having been set up by national partnerships of industry associations. Therefore, ISO enables a consensus to be reached on solutions that meet both the requirements of business and the broader needs of society.

ISO strategy and policies

The following are a selection of documents relating to the strategy and policies of the Organization. They are all endorsed by governing bodies of ISO and have been developed to serve, inter alia, as guidelines, recommendations or information for ISO members and the ISO Central Secretariat.

ISO Strategic Plan 2011-2015

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IISO Action Plan for developing countries 2011-2015

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ISO intellectual property right policies

ISO patent policy
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