The company has published more than 18,000 international standards, according to ISO.org. The company’s standards range from agriculture to construction to healthcare. The company’s hallmark standard ISO 9001 has also been growing and changing to meet the needs of the manufacturing industry as it changes.
ISO has its roots in World War II when British industries had manufacturing problems that sometimes caused bombs to detonate in factories. The solution was to require businesses to use a uniform, approved manufacturing process and document that it was being followed. This standard was initially called BS 5750 and it eventually became ISO 9000 in 1987, according to ISO Quality Services.
ISO 9000 was introduced in 1987. The emphasis of the standards was placed on conformance to the procedures rather than the management process, according to ISO Quality Services.