The ISO 9000 series of documents was created by the International Organisation for Standardization to set international requirements for quality management systems. Now adopted by over 80 countries, use of the series of standards has become commonplace in the business world.
ISO 9000 it self is generic, and is designed to be applicable to any manufacturing or service process. The ISO 9000 series is revised and controlled by Technical Commitee (TC) 176, made up of international members from many industries and backgrounds. The series is modified periodically. The original standard were published in 1987, first revised in 1994 and the current version were issued in 2000.