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The ISO 9000 group of experts hosts its world meeting in Bilbao

2012 June 15
  • - 60 ISO 9000 experts are meeting in Bilbao from Monday until 22 June to begin the review of the world's leading quality standard.
  • - The Bilbao meeting kicks off a process that will last two years and will involve different countries around the world.
  • - The Department for Industry, Innovation, Trade and Tourism, through the SPRI Group, has been entrusted with organising the event.


The Technical Committee of the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), which sets the most important quality standards around the world, is holding its first world meeting to review the ISO 9001 standard in Bilbao this week. The meeting, which will be held at the headquarters of the SPRI, the main group of public corporations under the Department for Industry, Innovation, Trade and Tourism dedicated to helping the Basque business structure, from 18 and 22 June, will aim to develop and review the series of ISO 9000 standards and their key documents, along with their dissemination strategy.

The Bilbao meeting is the starting point of a review process that will last two years and which will involve holding meetings in different countries of the world alternating with the use of the electronic media.

The ISO 9000 working party is made up of professionals selected from the more than 100 countries that make up the network of National Standards Bodies. A selection process has been needed as there have been more applications than places in this select group. The decisions made by the group will have a major economic impact as they can change the commercial capacities of the member countries and mean that a country will no longer be able to purchase from another that does not comply with the standard.

The ISO secretariat is currently chaired by the Canadian delegation through the Canadian Standards Body and the group that will meet in Bilbao by the BSI (British Standards Institute). The Spanish Association for Standardisation (AENOR), which is the Spanish representative with the ISO, will play an active role in this meeting. The participants are not involved full time in the meeting, but are the top executives of companies and institutions.

ISO has produced over 19,000 international standards since it was founded in 1947 and publishes over 1,000 new approval regulations annually. The ISO 9000, the best known standard, is 25 years old and over one million companies around the world have been certified pursuant to that standard over that period. The Spanish standards body publishes over 1500 standards a year and has over 30,000 UNE standards in its catalogue.


ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the world's largest developer and publisher of international standards. It is the network of the national standards institutes of 163 countries, one member per country, with a Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, that coordinates the system. ISO is a non-governmental organisation that forms a bridge between the public and private sectors. Many of the institutes are part of the governmental structure of their countries, while others are from the private sector, having been set up by national partnerships of industry associations.

The famous ISO 9000 is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. There are currently over a million companies worldwide certified with this standard, which are periodically reviewed.


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