International Standards make things happen. They give world-class specifications for products, services and systems to ensure quality, safety and efficiency. They are instrumental in facilitating international trade.
ISO already published 21000 plus International Standards and related documents, covering all industrial sectors from technology to food safety, agriculture and healthcare. These Standards impact everyone, everywhere.
Benefits of ISO standards
International Standards can be mentioned as the backbone of our society, ensuring the safety and quality of products/ services, facilitating international trade and improving the environment where we live in.
Conformity to International Standards helps to reassure consumers that products, systems and organizations are safe, reliable and good for the environment
Economic benefits of standards
Several studies indicate that standards boost business and economies. These standards resulted in substantial growth in annual GDP of several countries among the world.
For business: International Standards are strategic tools/ guidelines to help companies tackle most of the demanding challenges of modern business. They ensure that business operations are more efficient, productive and help companies to access new avenues. Different studies say that ISO 9001 improved sales, customer satisfaction, corporate image and market share and ISO 14001 had shown a positive impact on environmental performance.
For Consumers: When products and services conform to International Standards, consumers can have confidence that they are safe, reliable and of good quality.
For government: ISO standards draw on international expertise and experience and therefore a vital resource for governments while developing public policies. National governments can use ISO standards to support public policy, which has a number of benefits, including:
- Integrating an ISO standard into national regulation by the opinion of experts without having to call on their services directly.
- Integrating them into national regulation ensuring that the requirements of imports and exports are the same throughout the world facilitating the movement of goods, services and technologies from one country to another country.