The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is the international standard-setting body composed of representatives from varios national standards organizations. Founded on 23 February 1947, the organization promotes worldwide proprietary, industrial and commercial standards. However, ISO was one of the first organizations granted general consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social (ECOSOC) Council.
Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the organization works in 164 countries at the present time. The members are the foremost standards organizations in their countries and there is only one member per country. So each member represents ISO in its country. I.e. there are three member categories. Full members (or member bodies) influence standards development and strategy by participating and voting in technical and policy meetings. Full members sell and adopt the international standards nationally. Correspondent members on the other hand observe the development of standards and strategy by attending technical and policy meetings as observers. Correspondent members can sell and adopt the international standards nationally. Subscriber members however keep up to date on ISO’s work but cannot participate in it. They do not sell or adopt ISO International Standards nationally.
As the world’s largest contributor of voluntary international standards ISO facilitates world trade by providing common standards between nations. Thus the organization established over twenty thousand standards, ranging from finished products and technology to food safety, agriculture and health care. With regard to blockchain and distributed ledger technology, ISO works in various committees on standards and/or projects especially in the fields of
- use cases,
- security risks,
- threats and vulnerabilities,
- taxonomy and ontology,
- legally binding intelligent contracts
- and many others.
ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organization association under Swiss law.
Dr. Sven Hildebrandt (CEO) contributes to ISO working groups on “Information Technology – Security Technologies – DLT and Blockchain for Financial Services” as well as “Smart Contracts”. Julien Bringer (CTO) is actively leading several projects on IT-Security. Besides, he is convenor of the Security, Privacy and Identity Working Groups of ISO commitee TC 307 on Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies since 2018.
Learn more about the work of DIN, the German Institute for Standardization.