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Thursday, October 13, 2016

World Standards Day 2016

World Standards Day 2016

Each year on 14 October, the members of the IEC, ISO and ITU celebrate World Standards Day. World Standards Day is a means of paying tribute to the collaborative efforts of the thousands of experts worldwide, who develop the voluntary technical agreements that are published as international standards.

The themes of earlier 'World Standards Day' were as under:

World Standards Day 2015 - "Standards - the world's common language"
World Standards Day 2014 - "Standards level the playing field"
World Standards Day 2013 - "International standards ensure positive change"
World Standards Day 2012 - "Less waste, better results - Standards increase efficiency"
World Standards Day 2011 - "International standards - Creating confidence globally"
World Standards Day 2010 - "Standards makes the world accessible for all"
World Standards Day 2009 - "Tackling climate change through standards"
World Standards Day 2008 - "Intelligent and sustainable buildings"
World Standards Day 2007 - "Standards and the citizen: Contributing to society"
World Standards Day 2006 - "Standards: big benefits for small contributors"
World Standards Day 2005 - "Standards for a safer world"
World Standards Day 2004 - "Standards connect the world"
World Standards Day 2003 - "Global standards for the global information society"
World Standards Day 2002 - "One Standard, one test, accepted everywhere"
World Standards Day 2001 - "The environment and standards: close together"
World Standards Day 2000 - "International standards for peace and prosperity"
World Standards Day 1999 - "Building on standards"
World Standards Day 1998 - "Standards in daily life"

The theme of 'World Standards Day 2016' is 'Standards build trust'.

IEC President Dr. Junji Nomura, ISO President Zhang Xiaogang and ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao, in their joint message have conveyed the following message on the World Standards Day 2016:

"Standards connect us with reliable modes of communication, codes of practice and trusted frameworks for cooperation. Introducing common interpretations on reciprocal sides of a communication or transaction, standards are essential to mutually beneficial trade and resource efficient international commerce.

Social interaction relies on common respect for fundamental sets of norms, concepts or meanings – international standards codify these norms to ensure that they are accessible to all.

A product or service conforming to an international standard is imbued with a trusted symbol of quality, safety or compatibility. Standards speak to the diversity of our interconnected world, introducing uniformity at the interfaces where we need to be certain that we are speaking on the same terms."

World Standards Cooperation

The World Standards Cooperation is a high-level collaboration between the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission), ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and ITU(International Telecommunication Union). Under this banner, the three organizations preserve their common interests in strengthening and advancing the voluntary consensus-based International Standards system.

IEC, ISO and ITU have undertaken several initiatives that are organized under the World Standards Cooperation (WSC) banner. Such initiatives include workshops, education and training, and the promotion of the international standards system.

IEC, ISO and ITU believe that International Standards are an important instrument for global trade and economic development. They provide a harmonized, stable and globally recognized framework for the dissemination and use of technologies. They encompass best practices and agreements that encourage more equitable development and promote the overall growth of the Information Society.

International Standards are consensus based and transparent. They invite the contribution of all interested stakeholders through an extensive network of national members. International Standards increase market relevance and acceptance and are the corner stone of global trade and development.

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is an independent, non-governmental international organization with a membership of 163 national standards bodies. Through its members, it brings together experts to share knowledge and develop voluntary, consensus-based, market relevant International Standards that support innovation and provide solutions to global challenges. ISO has published more than 21000 International Standards and related documents, covering almost every industry, from technology, to food safety, to agriculture and healthcare. ISO International Standards impact everyone, everywhere.

Let us strive to create awareness on standards. Happy 'World Standards Day 2016'.

With best wishes,

- Keshav Ram Singhal

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- ISO Website
- World Standards Cooperation Website

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