The International Organization for Standardization , formed  on 23 February 1947 , is an independent, non-government organization, the members of which are the standards organizations of the 164 member countries. It is the world's largest developer of voluntary international standards and it facilitates world trade by providing common standards among participating nations. More than twenty thousand standards have been set, covering everything from manufactured products and technology to food safety, agriculture, and healthcare.

Usage  of the standards aids and parameters and controls in the creation of products and services that are safe, reliable, and of good quality. The standards help the business houses to  increase the productivity while minimizing errors and waste. By availing  the products from different markets to be directly compared and used , they facilitate companies in exploring and entering new markets and assist in the development of global trade on a fair basis. The  ISO standards also serve to safeguard consumers and the end-users products and services, ensuring that certified products conform to the common minimum standards set internationally.
Official languages of the ISO are English, French, and Russian.

IEC joint committees

ISO has formed two joint committees with the International Electro-technical Commission (IEC) to develop standards and terminology in the areas of electrical and electronic related technologies.