Today, there are now members from over 165 countries, and have published more than 23500 standards providing specifications, guidelines, and assurance for nearly every type of business and technology.
Although compliance with ISO standards is voluntary, as is ISO certification, the organisation and, its standards are so highly regarded today that certain ISO certifications have become expected, a ‘must have” and many organisations will not work with uncertificated organisations.
Although there are more than 23,500 ISO standards for different industries today, there are a few that are more commonly encountered. These include:
- ISO9001: Focuses on the concept that quality is customer driven; if the customer is happy then the product or service delivered has been of satisfactory quality.
- ISO14001: Enables the holder to understand how they impact on the environment, take steps to improve this, and assess their compliance with applicable legislation.
- ISO27001: Assist organisations identify and control information security threats.
- ISO45001: Helps organisations to provide safe and healthy workplaces, and thereby prevent work-related injury and ill health.
In all four cases, continual improvement is at the heart of the standard, which is designed to encourage holders to improve everything that they do.