The Business Standards Encyclopedia


Standards support innovation by:

sharing best practice, so designers can focus on developing better products
setting benchmarks for performance, quality and safety
ensuring similar products work together (e.g. making sure all CDs are the same dimensions)
making technical requirements
reducing risks
reducing costs

Standards enable ideas from one country to become accepted internationally by:

exporting ideas that open up overseas markets and raise the profile of national industries and commerce
competitive advantage from being world leaders
international meetings leading to exchange of ideas

Standards balance the needs of the producer and user by:

creating market-led solutions (i.e. what do people want to buy?)
reflecting all interests, including small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), consumers, regulators, industry and the environment
promoting fair competition and avoiding unhealthy concentrations of economic power
reducing costs for development and production
increasing the diversity and quality of suppliers for producers and consumers

The Major Publishers
International Standards Organization.

ISO is a global federation of over 150 national standards bodies, with headquarters in Switzerland. Through consensus it publishes standards for business, governments and consumers.

British Standards Institute

The oldest standards body in the world is still one of the biggest publishers in the world, offering over 27,000 publications and providing a range of support services.

American National Standards Institute

ANSI was founded in 1918 and coordinates the development and use of voluntary consensus standards in the United States.

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