The World Standards Day promotes less waste, better results
The World Standards Day was globally celebrated on October 14, 2012 and under the motto: Less waste, better results – Standards increase efficiency. The special day honouring the efforts of thousands of experts worldwide, those collaborate within the InternationaI Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), International Standardisation Organisation (ISO) and International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to develop voluntary international standards facilitating trade, spread knowledge and disseminate technological advances
Efficiency means the ability to achieve objectives by implementing processes to develop products or services of optimal quality with minimal waste, expense, or unnecessary effort. Efficiency assists organisations to maximise profits and meet their defined goals, and it is crucial for success in today’s challenging and competitive economic environment.
The three heads of the mentioned organisations stated: “International standards are powerful tools to help organisations to capitalise their potential in the global marketplace. Experts from around the world do develop these. They contain internationally harmonised best practice which can be used to measure, compare and increase efficiency and reduce waste. The issue of sustainability, viewed from an economic, environmental and social perspective leads to the conclusion that businesses must be more efficient across a wide range of measures and issues”.
Standards provide 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 message on the World Standards Day 2012 points to the state-of-the art knowhow 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 to produce faster for more markets at lesser cost.