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What is the meaning of ISO? It appears that ISO means different things to different people. Many people think ISO is an acronym that stands for the developer and publisher of International Standards — the International Standards Organization. But that ISO organization is actually called International Organization for Standardization or IOS. Since the IOS is an international organization, it would have a different acronym in different languages. Hence, the ‘ISO’ in English versus the ‘IOS’ in Swiss or the ‘OIN’ in French (Organisation internationale de normalisation). So what does “ISO” mean?
The ISO standards are not named after an acronym. ISO comes from the Greek word ‘isos’ for equal. All ISO standards use the name ISO to mean ‘isos’ and not to mean an acronym I.S.O. So now, no matter what country or language that ISO is used in, the ISO standards are always pronounced the same. It is not an I.S.O. standard as many people think, it is an ISO standard — ISO is one word, with no pauses or periods. ISO means ISO standards not the I.S.O. organization. But if you want to think of the standards organization as ISO, well at least it works that way in the Unites States where we say International Standards Organization. Just remember its different in other countries…
ISO 9001 Standard
Why Implement ISO 9001?
- Efficiency: Ensure your organization continually improves and succeeds
- Marketing: Improve your consistency, customer satisfaction, and competitive advantage
- Cost: Reduce your Cost Of Quality (COQ)
- Morale: Demonstrate your quality & commitment to customers, employees, and suppliers
What is the meaning of ISO? ISO means different things to different people. It comes from the Greek word ‘isos’ for equal, but if you want to think of the standards organization as ISO, well at least it works that way in the Unites States where we say International Standards Organization. Just remember its different in other countries…
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