The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies from some 100 countries, one from each country. The mission of ISO is to promote the development of standardization and related activities in the world.
DIN, the German Institute for Standardization, develops norms and standards as a service to industry, the state and society as a whole. A registered non-profit association, DIN has been based in Berlin since 1917. By agreement with the German Federal Government, DIN is the acknowledged national standards body that represents German interests in European and international standards organizations. Ninety percent of the standards work now carried out by DIN is international in nature.
The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) is a business facilitator in Europe, removing trade barriers for European industry and consumers. Its mission is to foster the European economy in global trading, the welfare of European citizens and the environment. Through its services it provides a platform for the development of European Standards and other technical specifications. These standards have a unique status, since they also are national standards in each of its 30 Member countries.
JIS covers industrial and mineral products with the exception of medicines, agricultural chemicals, chemical fertilizers, silk yarn, foodstuffs and agricultural and forest products designated under the Law Concerning Standardization and Proper Labelling of Agricultural and Forestry Products. JIS may be classified by their nature into three categories; product standards, working method standards, and basic standards. Roughly speaking
there are some 4,000 product standards, 1,600 working method standards, and 2,800 basic standards.
The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is a federal Crown corporation. Its mandate is to promote efficient and effective standardization in Canada. They do not directly supply copies of their standards, but rather sell them through most standards supply outlets.