How standards build trust: World Standards Day 2016

World Standards Day 2016 celebrates how ‘standards build trust’ by connecting us with reliable modes of communication, codes of practice and frameworks for cooperation.

shutterstock_294782234_600x310International 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.

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. Introducing common interpretations on reciprocal sides of a communication or transaction, standards are essential to mutually beneficial trade and resource-efficient international commerce.

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Standards are at play in almost every product we consume and every process that readies them for consumption. Products or services conforming to international standards are imbued with trusted symbols of quality, safety or compatibility.

We are able to trust that the food on supermarkets’ shelves is fit for consumption if it has been produced and delivered using supply chains that conform to international standards for health and safety.

We trust that electrical equipment will be safe to use and function as expected if it conforms to international standards for safety, quality and compatibility with related electrotechnical infrastructure.

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Information and communication technologies – such as mobile phones, tablets and PCs – possess a rich diversity of different features, but all connect and communicate using the common language provided by international standards.

World Standards Day is celebrated each year on 14 October to pay tribute to the thousands of experts worldwide that collaborate within IEC, ISO and ITU to develop the voluntary international standards that provide common platforms for growth and innovation.

A video competition in the run-up to World Standards Day challenged entrants to record a 15-second video demonstrating how difficult life would be in a world without international standards. Watch the winning videos and learn more about the winners here…

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