Primer

Standards for Standards: ISO and ANSI

ISO is an international standard-setting body that offers accreditation to certifying organizations and approves standards that meet certain criteria.

October 29, 2010

We’re awash in standards and certifications that help set credible definitions for “green.” Helping to govern the world of standards and certifications is the International Organization for Standardization (known as “ISO,” from the Greek word for “equal”). ISO, an international, nongovernmental standard-setting body, was founded in 1947, and includes one national representative from each of 163 nations. The U.S. is represented by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Canada by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC). ISO defines terms and develops worldwide standards that frequently become law or form the basis of industry norms.