Issue 43 – October 2012
World Standards Day is celebrated each year on 14 October to pay tribute to the efforts of the thousands of experts worldwide who collaborate with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and ITU (the United Nations specialised agency for information and communication technologies – ICTs) to develop Standards. These Standards facilitate trade, spread knowledge, and share technological advances.
The theme for 2012 is 'Less waste, better results – Standards increase efficiency'.
International Standards are powerful tools for helping organisations capitalise their potential in the global marketplace. Developed by experts from around the world, they contain internationally harmonised best practice, which can be used to measure, compare, and increase efficiency and reduce waste.
For example, by providing common specifications, international Standards enable products, services, and technology from different vendors to fit together like pieces in a puzzle. They support interoperability and compatibility, providing a solid base for developing innovations and facilitating market access to new products. They ensure that countries, organisations, regulators, and researchers do not have to reinvent the wheel, and can invest in other priorities.
The World Standards Day 2012 message points out that the state-of-the-art know-how contained in international Standards is accessible to all, including developing countries, helping them make the best use of their human and material resources. More efficient industrial and business processes, facilitated by Standards, empower companies to compete globally, and produce faster for more markets at a lesser cost.
In this way, Standards help organisations meet their customers' needs while focusing and optimising company processes. Regulators can use international Standards as a means to show compliance and as a basis for market- and consumer-friendly regulations. And consumers can rest assured that international Standards promote efficiency on issues that matter to them, like product labeling or safety.
→ View New Zealand case studies on how Standards help businesses (http://www.standards.co.nz/news/Case+studies+on+the+benefits+of+Standards.htm) to meet their customers' needs, show compliance, and demonstrate product quality and safety.