The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) develops specifications for products, services, systems and procedures by which they can measure their level of excellence.
ISO is an independent Organization but their membership are 160 national standard bodies.
The aim of standardization is to streamline development in different fields, to ensure product quality and protection, and to encourage global cooperation and compatibility.
The Benefits of Standardization
Product standardization has been instrumental in breaking down trade barriers and enabling companies to enter global markets.
- The purchase of compatible products from foreign suppliers helps companies to minimize their overhead and provide attractive pricing.
- A lot of the hassle of foreign transactions is removed by regulated import and export requirements.
Security and Satisfaction of customers
- Consumer confidence increases as products evolve to become safer, more reliable and of better quality.
- Standardization enables the consumer to be proactive in researching companies, and selecting quality products and services.
- Certification provides integrity, and many consumers will perceive it as a dedication to quality.
- In many industries, and also depending on state regulations, ISO certification may be a legal or contractual requirement.
ISO certification will make it possible for a business to streamline its competitiveness, increase its procurement of resources positively, and expand internationally.
- The ISO’s tendency towards environmental consideration has culminated in the development of efficiency-based methodology.
- Streamlined internal operations cuts costs and leave less room for expensive errors.