World Standards Day:- The celebration of World Standards Day will be observed all over India on 14 October.
This day recognizes the efforts of thousands of experts developing voluntary standards in standards development organizations such as the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The aim of World Standards Day is to raise awareness among regulators, industry, and consumers of the importance of standardization for the global economy.
October 14 was specifically chosen to mark this date in 1946 when delegates from 25 countries met for the first time in London and decided to found an international organization focused on facilitating standardization. Although the ISO was founded a year later, the first World Standardization Day was not celebrated until 1970. Each year, the ISO sets a theme based on a current aspect of standardization.
World Standards Day
International standards represent the consensus of the world’s leading experts in energy, utilities, energy efficiency, transportation, management systems, climate change, healthcare, security and protection, and Information-and communication technologies.
Their knowledge in the service of the public interest has brought together experts in the field and many others to create standards that share innovation with all countries of the world and provide businesses, governments, and public authorities. The company is a solid foundation for positive change.
The standards support rapid economic growth in developing countries by describing best practices that prevent them from “reinventing the wheel”. With the strong correlation between economic growth and urbanization, standards play an increasingly important role in helping cities develop smarter and more sustainable infrastructure to make them better places to live.
International standards ensure that products, services, and environments for people with disabilities become more accessible.
Standards are also used as tools to reduce climate change by improving energy efficiency and reducing emissions of waste and greenhouse gases. The standards share best practices in renewable energy generation, define the latest requirements and processes for waste management and recycling, as well as tools to improve efficiency and environmental performance in all industries.
International standardization bodies such as IEC, ISO, and ITU ensure the cohesion of a large number of national and regional standards; this will harmonize global best practices, remove technical barriers to trade and promote common socio-economic progress.
These benefits are ultimately passed on to consumers in the form of greater choice, higher quality, and lower prices.
History of the World Standard Day
World Standards Day was first organized in 1946. On October 14, the official date, the meeting of delegates from 25 countries gathered in London for the first time. They decided to find an international organization focused on standardization. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) was considered at the conference and one year later the ISO was envisaged. In 1970, World Standards Day was celebrated for the first time.
Standards are important, as we all know, and we have all been built with this concept, but it is quite possible that we do not know how vital standards can be. In times of international standards and industrialization, it was not possible, without consultation with the original manufacturer, to obtain a spare part for a machine or equipment that you owned. Even then it was quite possible that they could only make a “best fit” patch.
Without automation or compliance, every component of these machines has been specially designed, which means they are unique to this device. The industrial revolution marked the beginning of a major change. If many people consider fire as the most important invention of humans, this may be standardization. If you need a replacement screw today, you know you can go to a hardware store and buy one.
When you purchase a new router, you know that it can communicate with networks and other electronic devices because they all work on a set of standardized frequencies. Even your cars run on fuel because ISO sets the standard for that type of vehicle. World Standards Day celebrates the hard work of ISO and how it has profoundly shaped today’s world.
What is an ISO standard?
Since 1970 members of IES, ISO and ITU have been celebrating
- How to measure the weight, size or even size of your shoe is the norm. The world needed an international product standard to ensure quality, quantity, and safety facilitating international trade.
- In 1947, an international standardization body was “founded”, an independent organization from 25 countries, to facilitate international coordination and standardization of industry standards. The ISO now has members from 162 countries and 786 technical committees.
- Traders and businesses need ISO standard certificates to facilitate their trade and business.
- Till now, ISO has published approximately 22,355 international standards covering nearly all aspects of manufacturing, fabrication, and technology.
- Companies and firms receive ISO certification for smoother and better business. So far, more than 1.1 million certificates have been distributed.
World Standards Day celebration
- Worldwide, the celebration of World Standard Day takes place under a single theme.
- This year’s theme for World Standards Day 2018 is “International Standards and the Fourth Industrial Revolution”.
- The theme signifies the role of standards in the fourth industrial revelation due to the rapid development of technological advances in many areas of manufacturing and technology.
- It is a fact that the connectivity between the different realms of the physical, digital and biological worlds is confused, which requires a transformation of norms.
- Whether artificial intelligence consists of robots that perform almost all human work, or whether big data or more integration is used, standards need to be developed to ensure consumer safety.
The theme of World Standards Day
World Standard Day is celebrated each year on a specific theme. Events and activities are organized according to the topic of the respective year. The theme of World Standards Day past year is:
- The theme of the World Standards Day 2019: “Standards Build Connections“.
- The theme of the World Standards Day 2018: “International Standards and the Fourth Industrial Revolution”.
- Theme of World Standards Day 2017: “Standards make cities smarter”.
- The theme of the World Standards Day 2016: “Standards build trust”.
- The theme of the World Standards Day 2015: “Standards, a common language”.
- Theme of World Standards Day 2014: “Standards level the playing field”.
- The theme of World Standards Day 2013: “Standards for a world at work and play”.
- The theme of World Standards Day 2012: “Less waste, better results – standards increase efficiency.”
- Theme of World Standards Day 2011: “International Standards – creating confidence globally”.
World Standards Day Quotes
1. “Cooperation and respect for each other will advance the cause of human rights worldwide. Confrontation, vilification, and double standards will not.” –Robert Mugabe
2. “You have competition every day because you set such high standards for yourself that you have to go out every day and live up to that.” –Michael Jordan
3. I have very high standards for every part of life – my work, my relationships, food, and love. I can’t just pretend. -Olivia Wilde
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