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What does ISO stand for?
Author: Quỳnh Nguyễn
Review Date: August 5, 2018 | Last Modified: January 17, 2019
What does ISO stand for?

GO.CARE’s mission is connecting our patients with qualified hospitals in Asia. Our partners are chosen based on internationally reliable standards, and one of them is ISO. 

Here is what ISO mean.

♦ What does ISO stand for?

First and foremost, ISO, also known as the International Organization for Standardization, is an independent non-governmental organization whose main aim is to develop international standards in various fields. The term “ISO” itself is derived from the Greek word “isos”, which means equal.

In addition, the ISO was formed in February 23rd 1947, with its primary goal at the time being ‘to facilitate the international coordination and unification of industrial standards’.

The current ISO has a member base of 161 countries and 780 technical committees and subcommittees. Since its creation, the ISO has published over 22209 International Standards of almost every aspect of technology and manufacturing.

♦ What the ISO does?

In addition to developing the standards themselves, ISO also raises public awareness of standards and standardization, promotes the teaching of standardization, provides adequate training, and acts as a research database for research whose goal is to develop standards.

Furthemore, there is a number of benefits that comes with participating in conformity assessments of the International Organization for Standardization standards, which are essentially a set of processes that evaluates whether or not a product, a service, or a system meets the requirements of a standard.

More specifically, the conformity assessments themselves have standards that help keep the process in different parts of the world as uniform and reliable as possible. These assessments can either be in the form of testing, certification, or inspection.

1. Certification

This certification comes in the form of a written certificate provided to the owner/provider/manufacturer of the product/system/service. The certificate helps certify that the product/system/service has met the specific requirements.

2. Testing

Testing is a subject-focused form of assessment whose primary aim is to determine the characteristics of an object or a product. The process of this method usually takes place within a laboratory.

Moreover, with the help of standards of the ISO’s Committee on Conformity Assessment (CASCO), you can always put trust in the accuracy and reliability of the results in the lab.

3. Inspection

In a way, inspection is follow-up checks on a product/system/service to ensure the overall functionality and safety of said object.

Furthermore, the advantages granted to products, services, or systems that have undergone this process include:

  • Added confidence in its stakeholders and potential consumers
  • A competitive edge compared to other products, services, or systems of the same field
  • Ensure the health, safety, and environmental aspects of the product, service, or system in question

Contrary to common beliefs, the ISO is not responsible for the accreditation regarding its own or any other standards. The primary function of the ISO is solely to develop the standards on which accreditations are based.

More specifically, organizations who would like to have their product/system/service accredited would need to contact an external certification body.

♦ How the standards are made

What makes the ISO standards stand out is that the ISO’s Committee has ran them through a strict development process, which is built upon several important factors such as:

  • The needs of consumers
  • Opinions of global experts on different aspects of the standard such as its scope, key definitions, and content
  • Input and help from industrial experts from the relevant industries
  • A consensus among contributors

♦ ISO in the healthcare field

ISO functions in the healthcare field much like it does in any other field. Within this field, ISO standards help to ensure the safety and functionality of tangible tools (e.g. monitors, syringes, and different types of relevant machinery) and warn people of potential field-related hazards. Manufacturers, practitioners, regulators, and patients alike have long trusted and used these standards in the healthcare field.

In addition to JCI, the International Organization for Standardization is one of the advance dimensions when choosing a health provider for GO.CARE. Therefore, our customers can always experience the best healthcare and treatments in Asia.

1. About ISO. https://www.iso.org/about-us.html. Accessed June 16th 2018.

2. A vision of standards used everywhere. https://www.iso.org/what-we-do.html. Accessed June 16th 2018.

3. How we develop standards. https://www.iso.org/developing-standards.html. Accessed June 16th 2018.

4. Caring about health and safety. https://www.iso.org/caring-about-health-and-safety.html. Accessed June 16th 2018.

5. What is conformity assessment? https://www.iso.org/conformity-assessment.html. Accessed June 16th 2018.