International Organization for Standardization
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO)founded in 1946 by 25 national standardization bodies and started to work on 23 February 1947. It is world'slargest developer and publisher ofInternational Standards. ISO is not an acronym or initialismfor the organization's full name in either official language. The organization adopted ISO based on the Greek word“isos”, meaningequal. Recognizing that the organization's initials would be different in different languages, the organization's founders chose ISO as the universal short form of its name. The official languages are English, French and Russian. Activity of ISO includes almost all sectors of economy, except electrotechnical sector, which is under the main activity of International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). Some activities are carried out together with IEC and they had founded a joint technical committee ISO/IEC JTC1 “Information technologies”.

ISO defines itself as anon-governmental organization. It has its headquarters in Geneva,Switzerland. ISO has 162 members.

     Member bodies

     Correspondent members

    Subscriber members

     Other places who aren't members of ISO

Membership categories of ISO are the following:

Member bodiesare national bodies that are considered to be the most representative standards body in each country. These are the only members of ISO that have voting rights.

Correspondent membersare countries that do not have their own standards organization. These members are informed about ISO's work, but do not participate in standards promulgation.

Subscriber membersare countries with small economies. They pay reduced membership fees, but can follow the development of standards.

ISO has administrative and working bodies. The administrative bodies are General Assembly, Council (under the Council, there are a number of policy development committees to provide strategic guidance for the standards' development work on cross-sectoral aspects which are: CASCO (conformity assessment); COPOLCO (consumer policy), and DEVCO (developing country matters) and Technical Management Board.

ISO standards are developed bytechnical committees, subcommittees and working groups. ISO has developed over 17500 International Standards and some 1100 new ISO standards are published every year. ISO national member bodies may participate in technical committees as P-member (Participating) or O-member (observer).

The representative of Armenia in the ISO is the National Institute of Standards (SARM). It was Correspondent membersof ISO for 1994 – 1997 years and is a member body since 1997. SARM participates in the standardization activities of 15 technical committees and 14 subcommittees.

Technical committees and subcommittees
▪  JTC 1- Information technology (P-Member)
   ▪  JTC 1/SC 2- Coded character sets (O-Member)
   ▪  JTC 1/SC 17- Cards and personal identification (P-Member)
  ▪  JTC 1/SC 34- Document description and processing languages (P-Member)
TC 34- Food products (O-Member)
   ▪  TC 34/SC 3- Fruit and vegetable products (O-Member)
   ▪  TC 34/SC 5- Milk and milk products (O-Member)
   ▪  TC 34/SC 6- Meat, poultry, fish, eggs and their products (O-Member)
   TC 34/SC 14- Fresh, dry and dried fruits and vegetables (O-Member)
   ▪  TC 34/SC 15- Coffee (O-Member)
▪  TC 46- Information and documentation (P-Member)
▪  TC 68- Financial services (P-Member)
▪  TC 147- Water quality (O-Member)
   ▪  TC 147/SC 1- Terminology (O-Member)
   ▪  TC 147/SC 2- Physical, chemical and biochemical methods (O-Member)
   ▪  TC 147/SC 4- Microbiological methods (O-Member)
   ▪  TC 147/SC 5- Biological methods (O-Member)
   ▪  TC 147/SC 6- Sampling (general methods) (O-Member)
   ▪  TC 174- Jewellery (O-Member)
▪  TC 176- Quality management and quality assurance (P-Member)
   ▪  TC 176/SC 2- Quality systems (P-Member)
▪  TC 207- Environmental management (P-Member)
   ▪  TC 207/SC 1- Environmental management systems (P-Member)
   ▪  TC 207/SC 2- Environmental auditing and related environmental investigations (P-Member)
   ▪  TC 207/SC 3- Environmental labelling (P-Member)
   ▪  TC 207/SC 4- Environmental performance evaluation (P-Member)
   ▪  TC 207/SC 5- Life cycle assessment (P-Member)
▪  TC 215- Health informatics (P-Member)
▪  TC 216- Footwear (O-Member)
▪  TC 228- Tourism and related services (O-Member)
▪  TC 241- Project Committee: Road-Traffic Safety Management System (P-Member)
▪  TC 243- Project Committee: Consumer product safety (P-Member)
▪  TC 245- Project Committee: Cross-border trade of second-hand goods (P-Member)
▪  TC 250- Project committee: Sustainability in event management (O-Member)

Policy development committees

  • CASCO- Committee on conformity assessment (P-Member)
  • COPOLCO- Committee on consumer policy (O-Member)
  • DEVCO- Committee on developing countries matters (P-Member)
2017-10-11  ISO GA 2017 Berlin
The delegation of the National Institute of Standards headed by director Yenok Azaryan participated ...
2016-10-13  Worlds Standards Day 2016
STANDARDS BUILD TRUSTOn the 14 October the whole word celebrates the Worlds Standards Day...
2016-09-26  ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 39th General Assembly
The delegation of the National Institute of Standards headed by the director Y. Azaryan on September...
2016-09-26  New achievements in the field of international cooperation
To participate in the ISO General Assemblies, in addition to discussing technical issues, brings bes...
2016-09-24  50th meeting of the ISO Committee on developing country matters (DEVCO)
The delegation of the National Institute of Standards headed by the director Y. Azaryan on September...
2016-09-07  International Workshop Agreement (IWA) document on Drip Irrigation
Representatives from about 25 countries met in Stockholm at SIS (Swedish Institute of Standards) to ...
2016-08-12  SARM has established a new standardization national technical committee SARM TC26 Light and lighting
SARM has established a new standardization national technical committee SARM TC 26 "Light and lighti...
2016-06-16  Memorandum of Understanding with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
On June 14, 2016 delegation of SARM met in Washington with the ANSI‬ leadership, during wh...
2016-05-06  31st plenary session of CASCO in Dubai
2016-03-04  EASC 49th extraordinary meeting held in Moscow, Russian Federation