According to Clare Naden on the ISO official website, “Whether it’s going to far-flung lands or just the neighbouring country, we all need a passport to travel. But what about products? How do bananas from Costa Rica get through customs in France? Or watches from Switzerland get past border control in Australia? Their ‘papers’ are often in the form of documents such as certificates that prove they have passed the various rules and requirements of their new country. International standards can help smooth the ‘immigration” process and are therefore a ‘passport to trade’ ”. See details on ISO Official Website

Food quality control expert inspecting specimens of groceries in the laboratory.