What is ISO certification?
ISO certification is a credential that validates a business’s fulfillment of requirements relating to quality process standards as defined by the International Standards Organization (ISO). The ISO is a non-governmental organization that determines specifications for products, services and systems for quality and efficiency.
Its history dates back to the mid-twentieth century, when international delegates met in London to create a new standardization for international cooperation and organization. The ISO now has almost 23,000 published standards throughout 164 countries, and companies earn ISO certifications to prove their quality standards to the world.
Standards set forth by the ISO are valuable with regard to international trade as the organization has strict requirements concerning goods. Its ultimate goal is to improve industrial welfare worldwide, increasing levels of safety and security for all.
Credentialing takes place through external bodies, as the ISO itself doesn’t perform certification. There are also multiple ISO certifications. The credentials relate to specific industries, including but not limited to: