May 10, 2018

Looking at the Popular ISO Standards

Everyone is aware that ISO, the International Organization for Standardization has developed several international standards that define the requirements to make products and/or services work. Till date, the organization has developed as many as 21578 standards for various sectors and purposes. Among them, not everything is very popular. Only a few of them gained the reputation all across the globe. Learning about the popular ones is important for every business, old or new so that they can use at least one of them as a part of their business development. Knowing these will help any company to easily approach the reputed independent accreditation boards like American Board of Accredited Certifications to carry out the ISO certification process.

Now, let’s have a look at the popular ISO standards here…

1.ISO 9000 for Quality:

This family of ISO standards is developed with an aim to address various aspects of quality management. And hence, this family is known to contain some of the most reputed standards. The ISO 9000 certifications are viewed by the businesses across the globe as a guidebook and tool to ensure the quality of their products and/or services. These would also help the businesses ensure that their products/services are up to the customers’ needs. Within this group, ISO 9001:2015 is found to be setting out the criteria for a sound quality management system and can be used by any organization. At present, there are over million companies with this certification in more than 170 world nations.

2.ISO/IEC 27000 for Information Security:

This family of standards helps businesses keep data secure. By using these standards, you can secure your information assets such as:

  • Financial information
  • Intellectual property
  • Employee details
  • Information entrusted to you

Within this family, the standard called ‘ISO/IEC 27001’ is the most popular standard. This specific standard is popular because it provides the requirements for the information security management system, popularly known as ISMS. Besides this, there are over dozen standards in this family.

3.ISO 14000 for Environment:

It’s to be accepted that each and every business has the responsibility to manage our environment. With this mind, the ISO 14000 family of ISO standards has been devised by the organization. This family presents the businesses with the tools to manage their environmental responsibilities. This family has been developed by the Technical Committee and subcommittees of ISO. Within the ISO 14000 family, the standards of ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 14006:2011 are more popular as they are focusing on the environmental systems that help in the management of environmental responsibilities. The other standards are focusing on the other aspects like:

  • Audits
  • Communications
  • Labeling
  • Life cycle analysis
  • Environmental challenges

4.ISO 8601 for Date and Time:

The businesses of the world are taking place at different places with different time zones. This creates confusion when we try to interpret the date and time. ISO 8601 has been developed with a view to put an end to this confusion. Almost everyone can use this to standardize the way of representing dates and times. This standard covers the details to present the following elements:

  • Date
  • Time
  • UTC
  • Local time
  • Date and Time
  • Time intervals
  • Recurring intervals

Overall, this standard demonstrates a globally accepted way to present the date and time using numbers. Thus, the globally accepted way to represent dates is found to be taking the format of: YYYY-MM-DD

5.ISO 22000 for Food Safety:

With more and more companies entering into the food industry, food safety is the question among the customers. This is because the consequences of foods that are not safe can be fatal. This is why people are cautious about their selection of foods and often times they choose to buy certified goods. For those companies who are looking to develop their brand in food industry, the ISO 22000 family is the answer! This family of standards is designed in such a way to help businesses identify and control the hazards related to food safety. Within the family, the most popular standard is found to be 22000:2005 that sets out the essentials of a food safety management system. As such, this standard can be used by any food company.

6.ISO 639 for Language:

The primary purpose of this ISO standard is to establish globally identified codes for the presentation of languages and language families. Today, this code is broadly used in various places like bibliographies and websites. It’s to be noted that using a code instead of the language name is very helpful as some languages are referred differently in different places. As such, this family consists of five parts named Part 1 through Part 5 each with a different purpose.

7.ISO 20121 for Sustainable Events:

Events that are taking place all around the year are taking a heavy toll on our natural resources. Also, they are generating significant waste produce, when at the same time putting a strain on the essentials like water and energy. These problems with events make it necessary for a standard to make the event sustainable irrespective of its size. The ISO 20121 is offering the guidelines and best practice to help you conduct a sustainable event. Above all, this would help you cut costs on unnecessary things. As such, this standard is highly flexible and thus, can be used for almost all types of events. If you are in the event industry in any form, then this is the standard for you!

8.ISO 4217 for Currency:

Currencies again are differing from one region to another. This is the code to standardize the representation of different world currencies using codes. Using the ISO standard, currencies can be used in two different ways. The first way is to use a three-letter alphabetic code and the second way is to use a three-digit number code. The most recent version of this standard is ISO 4217:2015. These currency codes will undergo some periodical amendments and are being managed by the ‘SIX Interbank Clearing Limited’

9.ISO 45001 for Occupational Health & Safety:

The work-related accidents and diseases are not uncommon in the business world. Over 6000 people die each day due to these. Remember, the burden of work-related injuries and diseases is very high, not only for employers but also for the world economy. This makes it important to have a monitoring system with regards to occupational health and safety. The ISO 45001 standards are designed to decrease the said burdens by providing a framework to enhance the employee safety and working conditions so as to decrease the risks in the workplaces.

10.ISO 26000 for Social Responsibility:

It’s to be remembered that the businesses are being operated in the midst of the society and environment. Hence, the success of any business would depend on the business’s relationship with them. Today, this factor is being considered as an important factor in the measurement of the overall performance. With this mind, the ISO has developed the ISO 26000 standard with an aim of providing the guidelines for the businesses to operate in a socially responsible manner. As such, the primary focus of this standard will be to make businesses act in more ethical and transparent manner. Within this, the standard called ISO 26000:2010 is clarifying what actually is social responsibility.

11.ISO 37001 for Anti-Bribery:

Bribery is not the new term for us. This has invaded every part of the world and is one of the most destructive issues we are facing today. In spite of all the hard efforts that are taken on national and international levels, bribery is not controlled. Understanding this, the ISO has come up with a new standard to help businesses fight bribery and to encourage an ethical culture in the businesses. Through this standard, the ISO is specifying a set of measures to help prevent, identify, and approach bribery. In simple terms, this standard has been designed to help you implement an anti-bribery management system so as to decrease the risk of bribery in your organization. Like many other ISO standards, this can also be used by almost all organizations, small or big.

12.ISO 31000 for Risk Management:

The probable risks that are affecting the business organizations will have consequences in almost everything from economic performance to societal output. This makes it important for an organization to manage risk so as to help the organization to perform well in the midst of all uncertainties. Within this, the ISO 31000:2009 is providing the principles and guidelines that can be used by any business organization irrespective of the size and sector.

13.ISO 13485 for Medical Devices:

When it comes to the medical field, the safety cannot be compromised at any cost. With more and more companies entering into the sector, the need for regulations increases. In this situation, all the organizations are competing to showcase their quality to the general public. This is where the ISO standards come into play. The ISO 13485 is the standard that proposes the essentials of a quality management system in the medical devices industry. The latest version of the standard was launched in March 2016.

According to Daryl Guberman,”ISO certification ISO 9001:2008 is focused on meeting customer expectations and delivering customer satisfaction so you must pay attention to the customer. ”