Standards are everywhere! From your tablet and cell phone to building safety and environmental technologies, all innovation, products, and services are shaped and guided by standardization. They’re developed by thousands of engineers and experts around the world to ensure the products, processes, and systems we rely on every day are safe, reliable, efficient, and work effectively together.
The term “standardization” encompasses a broad range of activities and ideas – from the actual development of a standard to its promulgation, acceptance, and implementation. It also includes conformity assessment or compliance – the methods of evaluating whether products, processes, systems, services, and personnel comply with a standard. Like two sides of the same coin, standards development and conformity assessment work hand-in-hand.