ISO Standards are a set of internationally recognized standards that were created with the aim of helping companies to establish levels of homogeneity in relation to the management, provision of services and product development in the industry.
ISO initials are the acronym for International Organization for Standardization. Its origins date back to 1946 as a union of two organizations previously existed and whose objective was the regulation and establishment of standards for manufacturing (International Federation of National Standardizing Associations (ISA) and United Nations Standards Coordinating Committee (UNSCC)). 65 delegates from 25 countries have attended the initial meeting which took place at the Institute of Civil Engineers in London
Since then and until now more than 23.000 standards have been created. They cover multitude of management areas, technologies and production processes. ISO is a non-governmental organization, composed of their 164 members countries, with 781 technical committees and subcommittees involved in the standards development, that has its Central Secretary in Geneva, Switzerland.
¿What is the fundamental objective of ISO standards?
It is none other than establishing recognized levels of quality, efficiency and safety compliance in relation to the specific areas and activities carried out by each standard. Currently there are standards of quality management, environmental management, information security management, risk management, etc., which allow companies and organizations to become certified in different areas of compliance depending on the activities and businesses developed by them.
“One of the structural principles of ISO standards is continuous improvement”.
By establishing a methodology based on PDCA cycle (Plan-Do-Check-Act) also known as Deming Cycle. The implementation of this cycle in companies and organizations allow them to enter in a dynamic improvement management of internal processes, service provision and product development. One of the important advantages that organizations achieve with the implementation of ISO standards is to provide a differential value compared to the competition, as they are certified and internationally recognized standards.
These certificates are periodically reviewed and audited in order to guarantee compliance. This improves the perception of companies both for customers and for shareholders, investors or partners who may show interest in them.
Other important improvements achieved by implementing an ISO standard in an organization is the optimization of processes by providing more data and records about it. This always facilitate decision-making by management with more specific and verifiable information. Furthermore, the correct adaptation to the regulations and requirements that may be had clients, other entities and organizations is facilitated, being able to highlight the compliance of these in a documentary and reliable way, which results in higher levels of trust both internally and as to third parties.
The implementation of several ISO standards in an organization includes an added advantage of the ease integration between them, providing a common framework for all allowing the existence of a sole Management System.
ISO standards are a fundamental tool today, for any organization that desires to advance and improve in today’s complex markets, transmitting confidence and competitiveness.
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