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International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is the world’s leading institution for standards development, having published more than 20,000 international standards and related documents in many diverse industries, from traditional activities such as agriculture and construction to the newest developments in fields such as mechanical engineering, medical devices, the environment, and information technology. ISO is an independent, nongovernmental organization. A truly global organization, the ISO is a network association of 165 national standardization bodies worldwide, representing government institutes and private, industry associations alike. It was founded in 1947 with an overall mission to facilitate the international coordination and unification of industrial standards. The adoption of ISO standards has provided a very useful tool for companies in many industries to open doors to foreign markets.

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