ISO Stands For…..

The International Organisation for Standardization

ISO stands for Professionalism and Standardisation…..  So you’ve probably seen us posting out about a variety of different ISO standards and top tips to get certified for 9001 or 14001 but for those that haven’t been involved in working on an ISO certification we thought we’d give a little bit of a brief history of ISO and why it’s so important in today’s business world.

ISO stands for the International Organisation for Standardization – sounds like it could be the start of a Two Ronnies sketch doesn’t it – but it’s actually a really important discipline for helping to improve standards.

It all started back in London in 1946 when 65 delegates from 25 countries met to discuss the future of International Standardization. In 1947, ISO officially came into existence with 67 technical committees focusing on specific subject areas. Then in 1949, ISO set up a small office in a private house in Geneva, Switzerland with just 5 members of staff.

Roll forward to 1951 and the publication of the first ever ISO Standard – at the time this was known as a ‘recommendation’ – ISO/R 1:1951. Standard 1 was the Standard Reference Temperature for Industrial Length Measurements – and it still exists today although it has been updated numerous times and is now ISO 1:2002 with a much fancier name.

Since then there have been many standards introduced – lots of them are very important for how we live today:

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So you can see, even though you may feel that you haven’t had a great deal of exposure to ISO, in reality the standards that they publish, the businesses that attain certification and the impact that ISO has globally, probably touches your life on a daily basis.

The ISO certification is a standard of best practise, of business discipline, of demonstrating to your workforce, suppliers and customers that quality, safety, environmental impact, data security, etc matter to YOU and YOUR BUSINESS.

We work with lots of companies across London and the South East helping them to achieve certification in the standards that are important to their businesses. This is usually the ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 27001 and ISO 45001 standards. If you’d like more information on how achieving an ISO certification could help improve processes and standards within your business then please get in touch with our team at QBH Solutions or check out some of the case studies on the QBH website

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