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What is International Organization for Standardization (ISO)?
ISO stands for the International Organization for Standardization, which is a non-governmental organization that develops and publishes international standards for a wide range of industries and sectors.
ISO is known for developing the ISO 9001 standard for quality management systems, which is widely used by organizations around the world to improve the quality of their products and services. ISO also develops standards in areas such as environmental management, occupational health and safety, information security, and food safety, among others.
ISO standards are developed through a consensus-based process that involves input from experts and stakeholders from around the world. The development process is designed to ensure that ISO standards are relevant, effective, and widely accepted, and that they can be implemented by organizations of all sizes and in all industries.
ISO standards are voluntary, but many organizations choose to implement them to improve their operations, demonstrate their commitment to quality or other areas, and enhance their reputation with customers, partners, and other stakeholders. Compliance with ISO standards is often verified through third-party audits, which can provide assurance to customers and other stakeholders that the organization is meeting the requirements of the standard.