ISO Accreditation

INTERNATIONAL ACCREDITATION

ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) is a worldwide federation of national standards regulatory bodies, with the responsibility of developing international standards criteria and Standards.  This is carried out through the various technical committees.

The IRIA Strategic Plan calls for implementation and subsequent accreditation to applicable ISO standards. The IRIA Advisory Board has directed that implementation of ISO 9001:2008 – Quality Management Systems be the first order of business.

The IRIA Strategic Plan also calls for further future ISO standards alignment relating to:

  • Records Management
  • Risk Management- principles and guidelines

The strategic plan for the IRIA is full implementation of ISO standards in these and other critical operational areas.

How old is the International Organization for Standardization?

The foundation date for this organization is 23 February, 1947.

It was one of the first organizations that achieved general consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

Background

The International Federation of National Standardizing Associations (ISA) was formed in Prague in 1928. Because of World War II, it stopped functioning in 1942.

After the end of the war, the United Nations created the UN Standards Coordinating Committee (UNSCC) and this committee approach the dormant ISA, proposing that they join forces to form a new global standards body. In October 1946, representatives for both ISA and UNSCC gathered in London to sort out the details. ISO was formed, and the new organization officially began operations in February 1947.

Where is ISO headquarter?

The ISO headquarter is located in Geneva, Switzerland.