ISO's international partners

ISO collaborates with its partners in international standardization, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The three organizations, all based in Geneva, Switzerland, have formed the World Standards Cooperation (WSC) to act as a strategic focus for collaboration and the promotion of international standardization.
ISO has a close relationship with the World Trade Organization (WTO) which particularly appreciates the contribution of ISO's standards to reducing technical barriers to trade.
ISO collaborates with the United Nations (UN) Organization and its specialized agencies and commissions, particularly those involved in the harmonization of regulations and public policies, such as:
  • CODEX Alimentarius, on food safety measurement, management and traceability
  • UN Economic Commission for Europe (UN/ECE), on the safety of motor vehicles and the transportation of dangerous goods
  • World Health Organization (WHO), on health technologies
  • International Maritime Organization (IMO), on transport security
  • World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), on the quality of services related to tourism.
In addition, ISO cooperates with UN organizations that provide assistance and support to developing countries, such as the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the International Trade Centre (ITC).
ISO's technical committees have formal liaison relations with over 600 international and regional organizations.
ISO has reinforced its links, too, with international organizations representing different groups of stakeholders, including:
  • World Economic Forum (WEF)
  • Consumers International (CI)
  • World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and
  • International Federation of Standards Users (IFAN).
Lastly, ISO also collaborates regularly with the major international organizations for metrology, quality and conformity assessment.
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