ISO/IEC is a joint abbreviation for the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). Their purpose is to develop standards (including for certain barcodes) used by all of their member states. In the following, we will define both ISO and IEC and provide some examples of their standards.


ISO is a non-governmental organization that creates and publishes international standards for a variety of industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, and technology. ISO’s mission is to promote standardization to facilitate international trade and cooperation, as well as to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of businesses and organizations. ISO standards cover a wide range of topics, such as quality management, environmental management, information technology, and more.


IEC is a non-profit organization that sets international standards for electrical and electronic technologies. Its mission is to promote the development of electrical and electronic technologies, as well as to ensure their safety, reliability, and compatibility. IEC standards cover a wide range of topics, such as electrical safety, electromagnetic compatibility, and renewable energy.


Examples of ISO and IEC standards include ISO 9001, which outlines quality management systems, and IEC 62304, which provides guidance on the software life cycle for medical devices. These standards are widely recognized and adopted by companies and organizations around the world, helping to ensure consistency and quality across industries and borders.

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