ISO - The ISO Story - Quality management standards
The vast majority of ISO’s International Standards were highly specific to a particular product, material, or process. However, during the 1980s, ISO entered into new areas of work, destined to have enormous impact on organizational practices and trade.
The history of industrialization has seen many standards dealing with quality issues.
A famous example concerns the military field: during the two world wars, a high percentage of bullets and bombs went off in the factories themselves in the course of manufacturing. In an effort to curb such causalities, the United Kingdom’s ministry of defense appointed inspectors in the factories to supervise the production process.