28th OCCC Session


Taxonomy & Standardization Work Group

Hamid R. Qavami

Standard (Gen.) Definition

  1. A level of quality
  2. Something used as a measure, norm, or model in comparative evaluations
  3. used or accepted as normal or average (adj)


ISO Standards

About ISO

(International Organization for Standardization) 

 is an independent, non-governmental membership organization and the world's largest developer of voluntary International Standards.

Standard (ISO) Definition

A document that provides:

  1. requirements
  2. specifications
  3. guidelines
  4. characteristics

to ensure that materials, products, processes and services are fit for their purpose

Benefits of using

ISO Standards

Ensure that products and services

  • Safe
  • Reliable
  • Good quality 

For business

Strategic tools that reduce costs by minimizing waste and errors, and increasing productivity.

For companies

Help to access new markets, level the playing field for developing countries and facilitate free and fair global trade.

ISO Certifications

ISO Certifications 

Don't say: "ISO certified" or "ISO certification"

This is performed by external certification bodies, thus a company or organization cannot be certified by ISO.

DO say: "ISO 9001:2008 certified" or "ISO 9001:2008 certification" (for example).

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  • ...

Open Discussion 


By Hamid Reza Qavami


Open Discussion of 28th OCCC Meeting

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