The Institute for Standardization of Montenegro has been a correspondent member of ISO since July 2007. ISO is an organization that deals with general standardization, i.e. standardization in all areas except electrical engineering and telecommunications, and represents a bridge between public and private sectors. ISO standards play a key role in removing barriers to international trade. The headquarters of the ISO Central Secretariat is in Geneva and it coordinates the work of the entire ISO system, which includes 165 national standardization organizations.
The Institute continuously monitors the work of ISO committees that define standardization policies, as well as the work of ISO technical committees. In 2013, the Council of the International Standardization Organization (ISO) adopted resolutions 3/2013 and 22/2015, which authorized the Institute to participate as equal in the standardization process as other full members of ISO, in four international technical bodies, namely: ISO/TC 228 - Tourism and related services, ISO TC/34/SC 17 - Management systems for food safety; ISO/TC 301 - Energy Management and energy savings, ISO/TC 28/SC 2 - Measurement of petroleum and related products.
The Institute for Standardization of Montenegro has been an associate member of the IEC since January 1, 2009. The IEC headquarters are situated in Geneva and over 89 national standardization bodies are involved in its work. By becoming a member of the IEC, the Institute has gained the opportunity to actively participate in the work of technical bodies of this organization, as well as the right to access the entire database of standards and related IEC documents. Following national interests, the Institute has adopted, at the national level, certain international standards in the field of electrical engineering (MEST).
The Institute for Standardization of Montenegro has been the point of contact for the Codex Alimentarius Commission since December 15, 2008. The Codex Alimentarius Commission was established by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). It is an international organization specialized in dealing with standardization in the field of food. Codex Alimentarius is a collection of international standards and related documents (rules of good practice, guidelines and other recommendations) regarding food, its production and safe use. These standards aim to protect consumers’ health and ensure fair practices in food trade. Codex Alimentarius publications are intended to guide and promote the development and establishment of food definitions and requirements in order to help their compliance and facilitate international trade.
The Institute for Standardization of Montenegro has been an affiliate member of CEN since July 1, 2008. CEN, based in Brussels, has a total of 34 full members whose primary goal is development of European standards and related documents in the field of general standardization. European standards are a key component of the European single market considering that they are a foundation for elimination of technical barriers to trade. Since it became a member, the Institute has been constantly monitoring the work of CEN's technical bodies in areas that are of interest for Montenegrin economy, as well as striving to meet the criteria for full membership in European standardization organizations.
The Institute for Standardization of Montenegro has been an affiliate member of CENELEC since July 1, 2009. CENELEC, with headquarters in Brussels, has a total of 34 full members whose primary goal is development of European standards and related documents in the field of electrical engineering. In accordance with the rights and obligations stemming from membership, the Institute monitors and participates in the work of technical bodies of CENELEC.
The Institute for Standardization of Montenegro and the European Institute for Telecommunication Standards signed a Memorandum of Understanding on December 4, 2014. On the basis of this agreement, the Institute has gained status of the national standardization organization (NSO) as well as the opportunity to actively participate in the work of technical bodies of this organization, together with the right to access the entire database of standards and related documents of ETSI. Thus, a precondition for the adoption of European standards in the field of telecommunications at the national level, in accordance with state interests, was created.