Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Winter 1993

Course Number

ENGT 510


On January 1, 1993, the European Community became a single market by mandate. Whether this unification works or not is of great interest to the rest of the world. The Community believes that common standards are essential in realizing their goals of freedom of movement of people, goods, and capital within a single marketplace. The European Commission chose ISO 9000 to play a key role in achieving this. ISO 9000 has been adopted by most of Europe as well as other nations internationally, as ISO 9000 is quickly becoming a requirement for doing business in Europe. We examine the evolution and relationship of the European Community and standards organizations as they have developed. Subsequently, the reasons for obtaining ISO 9000 certification and the ISO guidelines are examined.


This project is only available to students, staff, and faculty of Portland State University.