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InternationalOrganization for Standardization Discover ISO By: Raziel B. Lucagbo ACT- 1
How ISO Standards Are Developed A technical committee meet to discuss, debate and argue until they reach consensus on a draft agreement. circulated as a Draft International Standard (DIS) to ISOs membership as a whole for comment and balloting. ISO members then take account of any feedback they receive in formulating their position on the draft standard. If the voting is in favor, the document, with eventual modifications, is circulated to the ISO members as a Final Draft International Standard (FDIS If that vote is positive, the document is then published as an International Standard. Every working day of the year, an average of eight ISO meetings are taking place somewhere in the world. ISO technical bodies have already gone over entirely ◦ working electronically ◦ speeds up the development of standards ◦ cuts travel costs.
ISOs International Partners three organizations, based in Geneva, Switzerland, have formed the World Standards Cooperation (WSC) to act as a strategic focus for collaboration and the promotion of international standardization. ◦ International Organization Standardization ( ISO) ◦ International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) ◦ International Telecommunication Union (ITU). It has a close relationship with the World Trade Organization (WTO) ◦ particularly appreciates the contribution of ISOs standards to reducing technical barriers to trade. ISO collaborates with the United Nations (UN) Organization and its specialized agencies and commissions, also those involved in the harmonization of regulations and public policies. ◦ CODEX Alimentarius on food safety measurement, management and traceability ◦ UN Economic Commission for Europe (UN/ECE), on the safety of motor vehicles and the transportation of dangerous goods ◦ World Health Organization (WHO), on health technologies ◦ International Maritime Organization (IMO), on transport security ◦ World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), on the quality of services related to tourism.
In Addition of ISO’s InternationalPartners ISO cooperates with UN organizations that provide assistance and support to developing countries ◦ United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) ◦ United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) ◦ International Trade Centre (ITC). ISOs technical committees have formal liaison relations with over 600 international and regional organizations. ISO also collaborates regularly with the major international organizations for metrology, quality and conformity assessment. ISO has reinforced its links with international organizations representing different groups of stakeholders. ◦ World Economic Forum (WEF) ◦ Consumers International (CI) ◦ World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and ◦ International Federation of Standards Users (IFAN).
ISOs Regional Partners ISOs members also belong to regional standardization organizations. ISO has recognized regional standards organizations, representing: ◦ African Regional Organization for Standardization (ARSO) ◦ Arab Industrial Development and Mining Organization (AIDMO) ◦ European Committee for Standardization (CEN) ◦ Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT) ◦ Euro Asian Council for Standardization, Metrology and Certification (EASC) ◦ Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC) ◦ ASEAN Consultative Committee for Standards and Quality (ACCSQ)