Since its inception in 1947, the ISO has published close to 22,000 International Standards (WOW!) covering almost all aspects surrounding technology and business.These international standards give world-class, universal specifications for products, services, and systems to ensure quality, safety, and efficiency. They are critical in promoting international trade. What was the first ISO Standard, you ask? The first ISO Recommendation (as it was called at the time) was ISO/R 1:1951 Standard reference temperature for industrial length measurements, published in 1951.The following year, the first ISO Journal was published. Since the creation of the journal in 1952, ISO has published one each month with information about its technical committees, the standards published, and administrative changes to the organization and its members.
Fast forward three decades, to 1987, when ISO published its first quality management standards with the ISO 9000 family. These quality management standards are often used by manufacturers to reassure consumers that they create high quality products. Standards in the ISO 9000 family have gone on to become some of the most well known and best selling standards.ISO went digital in 1995 with its first website! The following year, ISO launched its environmental management system standard, ISO 14001. This standard provides tools for companies and organizations to help them identify and control their environmental impact. This remains one of the most widely recognized standards as protecting our environment is a pressing issue across the world. ISO excitedly celebrated its 70th birthday earlier this year with over 160 members – and they continue to grow and add valuable standards to their library every single day. Is your company considering obtaining a certification to one of the ISO Standards? Quality Pursuit carries easy-to-understand, color-coded, convenient pocket guides to help each member of your team prepare for an audit – and to use as a reference during the auditing process and beyond. Click here to visit our website for more information on our Management Systems Pocket Guides!