Each year on 14 October, the members of the IEC, ISO and ITU celebrate World Standards Day, which is a means of paying tribute to the collaborative efforts of the thousands of experts worldwide who develop the voluntary technical agreements that are published as international standards. Since 1970, World Standards Day has been celebrated in various ways throughout the world. Conferences, exhibitions, seminars, TV and radio interviews, and even “World Standards Week” events take place annually on or around 14th October every year.
The goal of World Standards Day is to raise awareness on the importance of global standardization to the world economy and to promote its role in helping meet the needs of business, industry, government and the consumers worldwide. World Standards Day also pays tribute to the thousands of volunteers around the world who participate in standardization activities. The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) joined with ISO in the celebration of World Standards Day in 1988, and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) was added in 1993. The theme of international standard day this year is “standards build trust”” Standards connect us with reliable modes of communication, codes of practice and trusted frameworks for cooperation. Introducing common interpretations on reciprocal sides of a communication or transaction, standards are essential to mutually beneficial trade and resource efficient international commerce.