The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is a global organization responsible for developing new standards for products and services. Each of its 163 member countries has its own office. The ISO's headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland.
The ISO website reports the organization is responsible for developing standards for products and services that identify a need for standardization. The ISO is usually contacted by a sector of an industry or stakeholders in a product and asked to develop a standard, such as those created for manufacturing.
The ISO helps governments around the world create environmental, health and safety policies. The ISO helps test products during the standard-setting process. Many international trade agreements also incorporate ISO standards.
ISO standards allow consumers to buy and use products in safety, according to the ISO website. The use of ISO branding allows products to be produced safely and efficiently.