The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is celebrating its 72nd anniversary. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, ISO was established shortly after the Second World War by 25 countries who saw international standards as a key to the world's reconstruction efforts.

ISO celebrates 72nd anniversaryThe purpose of ISO was to facilitate the co-ordination and unification of standards developed by its member bodies, all of which were national standardisation entities in their respective countries. The founders decided that the organisation would be open to every country wanting to collaborate – with equal rights and equal duties. The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) was one of the founder members.

In order to bring the global ISO community together and to share knowledge and innovating new ideas on International Standards, a General Assembly meets once a year, in September. This meeting also provides an opportunity through DEVCO, for developing countries, who currently make up about 67% of ISO membership, to collaborate on standardisation needs specific to them. The event is also used by a number of regional and economic groupings (BRICS, Commonwealth, Pacific Asia, United Nations Agencies, African Union Agencies, etc.) to host discussion events, as well as trade and investment initiatives related to, and underpinned by standardisation.

In continuing its support of, and participation in the activities of ISO, SABS will be hosting the 2019 General Assembly in Cape Town from 16-20 September 2019, an event which is expected to attract an estimated 600 international delegates. This year’s General Assembly will see the inauguration of its first ever president from Africa.

The SABS continues to make a significant contribution in the arena of international standardisation, the body said in a statement. The SABS has previously held a number of ISO positions, including the ISO Council and the Technical Management Board. The body currently holds the Chairmanship of the ISO Conformity Assessment sub-Committee (CASCO).

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