Does It Pay To Work In Standards?

International Standardisation is a dynamic industry to work within – a stimulating arena where one meets and works with people from many different industries.

There are of course many benefits to International Standardisation. Chief among these are the technological, economic and societal benefits created for businesses and their clients.

Creating harmonisation of product and service specifications, International Standards drive efficiency, breaking down barriers to international trade. In addition, they provide reassurance to customers that a company’s products are not only safe, but also environmentally friendly.

Standardisation involves experts and stakeholders from industrial, technical and business sectors all over the world. Meeting together to discuss and debate topics of mutual interest, they arrive at joint solutions to common issues.

For today’s businesses, International Standards represent a strategic method of tackling the challenges of a highly competitive global market place. Gaining access to new markets in addition to driving efficiency and increasing productivity, International Standardisation is of intrinsic benefit to companies worldwide.

It is evident that working in standardisation has a vital impact on society. International Standards promote clear functioning of cross-border interaction and cooperation. Efficient and inclusive, they serve to optimise business operations, improving production processes and delivering cost savings.

One of the most heartening aspects of working in International Standards is the reassurance that products and services conform to give customers reassurance of safety, reliability and good quality.

International Standards have a role to play in preserving the environment and the health of citizens.

ISO standardisation has played an intrinisic part in strategic reform initiatives, including those of Governmental economic transformation programmes.

Drawing on expertise and experience, International Standards form a vital resource for such governments, who benefit from the opinions of experts, helping to ensure that requirements for imports and exports are the same throughout the world, facilitating the movement of goods, services and technologies from country to country.

Standardisation creates positive impact within communities and countries, keeping buildings and health services safe, preventing accidents and injuries, mimising the impact of potential disasters. In addition it helps to improve the quality of goods and services, boosting economic growth and trade.

In conclusion, working in the field of Standardisation is both challenging and highly rewarding, creating a significant and positive impact on people, organisations and society.

3 May 2013

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