ISO - International Organization for Standardization

ISO is a world-wide federation of national standards bodies from some 130 countries. It is a non-governmental organisation and was established in 1947. The mission of ISO is to promote the development of standardisation in the world to develop co-operation in the spheres of intellectual, scientific, technological and economic activity. The results of ISO work are published as International Standards.

The work of ISO of particular interest to IRPA is carried out by Sub-Committee 2 on Radiation Protection of Technical Committee 85. IRPA acts as an observer to this Sub-Committee from time to time.

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The ISO produces Standards that are documented agreements containing technical specifications or other precise criteria to be used consistently as rules, guidelines, or definitions of characteristics, to ensure that materials, products, processes and services are fit for their purpose. The scope of ISO covers all technical fields, except electrical and electronic engineering, which is the responsibility of IEC. Specifically, Standardization in the field of nuclear energy and its peaceful applications is the work of Technical Committee TC85. Radiation Protection Standards are developed in Working Groups of Subcommittee, SC 2.