International Standards provide a framework and common technical language for all trade partners in the global market, making a major contribution towards the removal of technical barriers to trade. International trade agreements are more successful when standards are used. International Standards contribute towards deregulation by providing technical solutions for health and environmental protection and security. And since international standards are a source of technical know how, they facilitate technology transfer.
German standardization policy follows the international principle of "One standard, one test – accepted everywhere”. DIN represents Germany in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).
The principles of standardization are
- voluntary nature
- market relevance
- participation of all stakeholders, from business, academia and society as a whole
- one vote per country
An International Standard can be defined as a standard developed using a process based on global consensus among all interested parties.
International Standards Organizations
International standards organizations are networks of national standards bodies.
Developing International Standards
How is an ISO Standard developed?
International Standards and Other Deliverables
Overview of standards and other deliverables, and their abbreviations.