ISO certification, The International Organization for Standardization (ISO), is an international standard-setting body (founded on 23 February, 1947), composed of representatives from various national standard organizations. It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and as of 2013 works in 164 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. 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. 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. ISO certification is provision by an independent body of written assurance (a certificate) that the product, service or system in question meets specific requirements; it can be a useful tool to add credibility, by demonstrating that your product or service meets the expectations of your customers. For some industries, certification is a legal or contractual requirement. While setting standards, ISO is not involved in their certification, and do not issue certificates. This is performed by external certification bodies. However, ISO’s Committee on Conformity Assessment (CASCO) has produced a number of standards related to the certification process that are used by certification bodies. ISO Certification can help your products and services to integrate into new markets different regions and various countries. Statistics show that people from most European countries, United States and Asian countries will prefer buying a product that is ISO certified, even if it costs them more.
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