World Standards Day
World Standards Day is celebrated internationally each year on 14 October.The day honours the efforts of the thousands of experts who develop voluntary standards within standards development organizations such as the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), International Organization for Standardization(ISO), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). The aim of World Standards Day is to raise awareness among regulators, industry and consumers as to the importance of standardization to the global economy.
14 October was specifically chosen to mark the date, in 1946, when delegates from 25 countries first gathered in London and decided to create an international organization focused on facilitating standardization. Even though ISO was formed one year later, it wasn’t until 1970 that the first World Standards Day was celebrated.
Around the globe, various activities are chosen by national bodies to commemorate the date. The United States is holding a 2014 U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day on 23 October 2014. The Standards Council of Canada (SCC), Canada’s national accreditation body, celebrates World Standards Day together with the international community by observing the day near the dates of the international observance. In 2012 SCC celebrated World Standards Day on Friday, 12 October.
IEC, ISO and ITU have undertaken several initiatives that were organized under the WSC banner. Those included 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.