Unlocking ISO’s Power: Debunking Myths

Eric Seward August 11, 2023

Several misconceptions exist surrounding ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and its standards. ISO is a longstanding international organization that develops and publishes standards, and some of its benefits include enhanced quality and efficiencies, stakeholder trust, and a market advantage.  

Yet, some ISO myths persist, and we are here to debunk them.  

Let’s explore the top 5 most common misconceptions: 

ISO Standards Are Only for Large Organizations
Size is not a barrier to benefitting from ISO standards. “ISO certifications are not limited to large corporations; they are designed to be adaptable and can be scaled to suit organizations of all sizes, including small and medium-sized enterprises,” said 360 Advanced Practice Director Chris Gudzak, who leads the ISO delivery practice. 

ISO Certification Is a One-Off
“Achieving ISO certification is a milestone, but it’s important to recognize that it’s not a one-time accomplishment,” Gudzak said. A continuous commitment to maintaining compliance with the standard’s requirements is the key factor in realizing the full benefits of ISO certification.  

ISO Standards Are Static and Outdated
ISO standards are not static; they undergo regular reviews and updates to ensure continued relevance and alignment with changing technologies, practices, and societal needs.  

ISO Is Only for Manufacturing Companies
ISO standards extend well beyond manufacturing companies, offering universally beneficial frameworks. ISO standards find applicability across a wide array of industries, spanning healthcare, education, technology, finance, and beyond.  

ISO Is a Regulatory Agency
ISO is distinct from government or regulatory agencies, operating as a non-governmental organization dedicated to formulating and sharing voluntary international standards. “Appreciating these distinctions helps business leaders in making well-informed choices regarding the adoption of ISO standards, enabling them to harness these standards for their advantage,” Gudzak said. 

Understanding these misconceptions can help businesses and individuals make informed decisions about adopting ISO standards and effectively leveraging them for their benefit. 

Need ISO Assistance?
ISO certifications are provided by third-party organizations, such as 360 Advanced Compass Rose, the certification arm of 360 Advanced. As an accredited ISO certification body, we can help you navigate the ISO journey to transform your standards into strategic assets for your business. Contact us to get started.

For more information on ISO and a terrific discussion, please watch our webinar “ISO 27001—Expansion to Global Markets.”