This is the Conformity Assessment Committee, the body responsible for conformity assessment standards.
ISO does not perform certification; therefore, certification is an independent body that gives assurance a product, service or system meets the requirement of a standard.
Code of conduct
Followed by people involved in ISO work, this is a set of principles that concerns ethics, practice and so on.
This is a published report from the International Standards Organisation. It can be an International Standard, a Technical Report, an International Workshop Agreement or a specification or guide that is publicly available.
This is a Final Draft International Standard and is a standard that has passed through the rigorous design and creation process. It is nearly a full-blown standard or revised standard that needs to be ratified by the working committee.
This is a policy stating that every ISO must be accessible and able to be used as broadly as possible by affected industries across the globe. Only projects that meet this requirement will be accepted
This is an ISO initiative through which different ideas can be tried out. The aim is to ultimately improve not only the standards and products ISO create, but also the process by which they are created too.
This is the web tool of ISO called the Online Browsing Platform. It can be used to access the standards, as well as other important tools such as symbols, glossaries and so on.
This refers to the stage of a project’s development and can be split into;
- Preliminary stage = Preliminary work item (PWI)
- Proposal stage = New work item proposal (NP)
- Preparatory stage = Approved work item (AWI) until there is a Working Draft (WD)
- Committee stage = Committee draft (CD)
- Enquiry stage = Enquiry draft (ISO/DIS)
- Approval stage = Final Draft International Standard (ISO/FDIS)
- Publication stage = International Standard (ISO)
A Standards Development Organisation is an organisation of which the main purpose is to develop, coordinate or issue mandatory or voluntary technical standards.
A UK-based consultancy company with many years’ experience of partnering with companies and organisations in their pursuit of an ISO standard that will propel their business onto the national, European or even the global trade stage.
A Task Force is a group set up to act on future plans and standards or to develop ideas in identified areas and so on. For example, a task force may look at the future global harmonisation of ISOs.
This is an agreement between the ISO and CEN (European Committee for Standardisation)
to share information, attend each other’s meetings and collaborate on standards at both international and European level.
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