What Is ISO Oil?

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All types of oil are standardized under international specifications set by the ISO.
All types of oil are standardized under international specifications set by the ISO. (Image: OIL image by brelsbil from Fotolia.com)

ISO oils are oils that are extracted, compounded or synthesized according to the published specifications of the International Organization of Standardization (ISO).

Types

The ISO has standards for most existing oils, from food oils and cosmetics to medical and industrial oils. These standards were created over the years by experts in each field, and apply to quality, labeling and methods of presenting products to the public. For example, the ISO provides standards for various viscosity (thickness) levels of motor oil.

Standardization ensures the uniformity and quality of an oil product.
Standardization ensures the uniformity and quality of an oil product. (Image: laboratory image by Alhazm Salemi from Fotolia.com)

Standards

Plant oils have a wide variety of compounds in them. The ISO and the United States Department of Agriculture created standards which are being used worldwide. For example they determine what kind of plant extraction can be labeled “cold press oil."

The ISO provides method of oil extraction standards.
The ISO provides method of oil extraction standards. (Image: olive verdi image by Marco from Fotolia.com)

Purpose

Standardization has the purpose of ensuring uniformity in manufacturing methods and content, and a guarantee of quality. ISO standards facilitate export and import of products, as an ISO logo assures the buyer that the product is made by the book.

An ISO logo on a product ensures a high standard of quality recognized worldwide.
An ISO logo on a product ensures a high standard of quality recognized worldwide. (Image: iso image by thierry planche from Fotolia.com)

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