World Standards Day

Standards level the playing field

By Claire Marchand

Since 1970, World Standards Day (WSD) has been celebrated on October 14, to raise awareness of the importance of global standardization, and promote its role in fulfilling the requirements of business, consumers, regulators and industry worldwide. It is also an opportunity to pay tribute to thousands of experts who share their know-how and expertise in the voluntary International Standards setting.

Damar Panji Wijaya of Indonesia won the 2014 WSD poster competition
Damar Panji Wijaya of Indonesia won the 2014 WSD poster competition

The many benefits of International Standards

This year’s theme – Standards level the playing field – highlighted the fact that markets are more than ever interdependent and products are “made in the world”. This means they transit through many countries where manpower or parts add value to the final product.

It follows that countries which have incorporated International Standards into policies and regulations will be able to ensure a greater selection of quality products to their people, just as companies using International Standards will find it easier to get their products certified and sell them anywhere in the world. Another added benefit of more competitive companies, industries and economies is that diversification is stimulated nationally and internationally.

The leaders of the IEC, ISO and ITU concluded in their 2014 WSD message that International Standards not only make good business sense, they also allow more countries and companies to participate in global trade, fostering exchange and promoting economic development.

The World Standards Cooperation (WSC) was established in 2001 by the IEC, ISO and the ITU in order to strengthen and advance their voluntary consensus-based International Standards systems. It also promotes the adoption and implementation of international consensus-based standards worldwide; and resolves any outstanding issues regarding cooperation in the technical work of the three organizations.

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Damar Panji Wijaya of Indonesia won the 2014 WSD poster competition Damar Panji Wijaya of Indonesia won the 2014 WSD poster competition