World Standards Day is celebrated on October 14th every year in order to recognize the importance of international standards. Standards create practical solutions to common problems, and any person who cares can participate in this process.
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) was established in London in 1946. Since then, representatives from the International Electrotechnical Commission, the International Telecommunication Union, and the International Organization for Standardization have come together on October 14th of each year to discuss topical standards issues for the global economy. As the world continues to become more connected, the need for single technical product standards has become increasingly important.
In the US, World Standards Day is celebrated by members of the standards community in Washington DC. Events such as exhibitions, receptions, and gala dinners are held to recognize the holiday. Other parts of the world also hold events dedicated to the issues of global standardization, including educational seminars, conferences, and forums.
- World Standards Day was first celebrated in 1970.
- In the 1980s, the transition from technical to technological standards began.
- Over 22 business standards have been registered.
- ISO currently has 165 member countries and over 3 technical standards bodies.
- ISO headquarters is located in Geneva, Switzerland.
How to take part
On this day, individuals can learn more about the role of international standards in making life simpler and safer. They can also show their support by writing about the importance of standardization on social media platforms. Many talented people and outstanding personalities are involved in standardization issues, and their work can be supported through donations or other ways.
When is World Standards Day celebrated in 2023?
World Standards Day is observed on October 14 each year.