Like a symphony, it takes a lot of people working together to develop a standard. ISOâ€™s role is similar to that of a conductor, while the orchestra is made up of independent technical experts nominated by our members.
They begin the process with the development of a draft that meets a market need within a specific area. This is then shared for commenting and further discussion.
The voting process is the key to consensus. If thatâ€™s achieved then the draft is on its way to becoming an ISO standard. If agreement isnâ€™t reached then the draft will be modified further, and voted on again.
From first proposal to final publication, developing a standard usually takes about 3 years.