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Overview ISO, the International Organization for Standardization, is an independent, non-governmental organization, the members of which are the standards organization of the 164 member countries. It is the world's largest developer of voluntary international standards and facilitates world trade by providing common standards between nations. Nearly twenty thousand standards have been set covering everything from manufactured products and technology to food safety, agriculture and healthcare.<ref name="About_ISO"/>

Use of the standards aids in the creation of products and services that are safe, reliable and of good quality. The standards help businesses increase productivity while minimizing errors and waste. By enabling products from different markets to be directly compared, they facilitate companies in entering new markets and assist in the development of global trade on a fair basis. The standards also serve to safeguard consumers and the end-users of products and services, ensuring that certified products conform to the minimum standards set internationally.<ref name="About_ISO"/>


International Organization for Standardization sections
Intro  Overview   Name and abbreviations    History    Structure    Membership    Financing    International Standards and other publications    Standardization process    Products named after ISO    Criticism    See also    Notes and references    Further reading   [[International_Organization_for_Standardization?section=</a>_External_links_|</a> External links ]]  

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