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ISO President for 2005-2006 takes office

ISO press release

New York, Jan 07, 2005

Masami Tanaka, of Japan, has begun his term of office as President of ISO (International Organization for Standardization) for the two years up to 31 December 2006, succeeding Oliver R. Smoot, of the USA. ISO is the world's largest developer of voluntary International Standards for business, government and society.

The new ISO President sets the context for ISO's work in his inaugural message in which he points to the globalization, not only of trade, but also of many other issues related to health, safety, security and the environment. Professor Tanaka affirms: "Sustainable development and the global economy require International Standards that, at the same time, lower technical barriers to trade and disseminate technologies and good practices. These standards should be globally relevant and designed to meet market and regulatory needs in a flexible, timely and cost effective manner."

He goes on to say: "As we expand our work in new areas such as services, sustainable development, security and information technologies, we must make sure that our processes and deliverables are optimized and that we make the best of our collaboration with other international or global organizations. At the same time, we must not neglect our 'basics', ensuring that our standards related to more traditional sectors are regularly maintained and that we withdraw those which have become obsolete."

ISO's President emphasizes the importance of using information and communication technologies to streamline the development of ISO standards and make it easier to participate in this work. In particular, he says that ISO must assist its developing country members to increase their capacity to contribute to and benefit from international standardization, as reflected in the ISO Five-Year Action Plan for Developing Countries 2005-2010.

Prof. Tanaka declares: "We share a common vision for ISO, materialized in the ISO Strategic Plan 2005-2010 recently adopted unanimously by our General Assembly. We also share fundamental principles and values, embedded in our Statutes and our Code of Ethics."

He adds: "Although our broad national membership represents a great diversity of languages, social backgrounds and economic development, the ISO Strategic Plan and Code of Ethics form a common ground on which we can build ISO's future together and bring a positive contribution to globalization, as well as to our own countries."

The ISO President also underlines the importance of cooperation with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the standardization entity of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-T) within the framework of the World Standards Cooperation (WSC). Prof. Tanaka states: "New developments and synergies should be fostered in areas such as standards for converging technologies, training and technical assistance or issues of intellectual property rights related to standards."

ISO is a federation of the national standards institutes of 148 countries. It has a current portfolio of more than 14 800 standards that provide the requirements for state-of-the-art products, services, processes, materials and systems, and for good conformity assessment, managerial and organizational practice - together making up a complete offering for the achievement of sustainable development.

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