World Standards Day- 14 October
Members of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and Internet Engineering Task Force celebrate World Standards Day on 14th October every year. It is a day to pay tribute to the collaborative efforts of the thousands of experts worldwide who develop the voluntary technical agreements that are published as international standards.
It was on 14th October when 25 country representatives decided to create international Standards in London, in 1946. While the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) was formed one year later, the first World Standards Day was not officially celebrated until the 1970s. In 1970 it was first launched as World Standards Day to promote international standardization and the creation of voluntary standards in everything and anything – things like travel efficiency, cleaner energy, safety, and security measures.
The theme of World Standards Day 2020 is: “Protecting the Planet with Standards”.
Definition of the standard
A standard refers to a document that provides information about requirements, specifications, guidelines, or features that can be used to continuously ensure that a material, product, process, or service is perfect for its purpose.
World standard day in India
India stands at eighth position in countries with the most ISO certificates with 37490 ISO 9001 certificate count. Official seminars are held in India for the celebration of World standard day with many industrialists, manufactures, and delegates participating in the event. The Bureau of Indian Standards and the National Standards Body of India focussed on improving indigenous standards for set-top boxes and optical fiber networks.
Indian Standards Bureau
The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is the government-based national standard-setting body in India, whose activities are overseen by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY). They have two main certification marks; the Standard Mark for Compulsory Registration (CRS), and the ISI mark. The CRS certification pertains to product safety, whereas the ISI certification is more focused on product performance and quality.
Earlier it was named ‘Indian Standards Institute’. The Bureau of Indian Standards was established in 1947. The Bureau of Indian Standards creates Indian standards in relation to an item or process and the standards created are, as necessary, committees constituted hereby involving consumers, manufacturers, government and regulatory bodies, technologists, scientists, and testing laboratories. Through a process of deliberation, rectification, revision, and cancellation.
Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) in India, as the National Standards Body, will be celebrating the event this year at its Head Quarters, Regional offices, Branch offices, Laboratories, and the National Institute of Training for Standardization(NITS), through inhouse programs and technical seminars.
To mark the World Standards Day there are seminars, exhibitions, conference, TV and radio interviews which take place around the globe. So as the world celebrates World Standards Day this week, we offer our thanks to those organizations around the globe that have made our world safer, more convenient, and more secure.