Consistent, transparent, targeted. ISO standards have a lot in common with the principles of better regulation.
Developed through the consensus of globally established experts, regulators and governments count on ISO standards to help develop better regulation.
ISO standards provide a strong basis that can be applied in the development of national and international regulation.
Not only do they help save time, they are essential tools for reducing barriers to international trade.
ISO standards help policy makers to:
- Open up world trade – ISO – along with IEC and ITU – have a strategic partnership with WTO. The WTO’s Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade recognizes the contribution international standards can make towards improving the efficiency of production and international trade, and their key role in the harmonization of regulations;
- Stimulate solutions to national and international issues such as disaster mitigation and recovery, efficient energy resources and international trade;
- Save money, through providing much of the technical detail and safety requirements needed for effective policy;
- Provide solutions to policy issues that represent a wide range of views and expertise and have the buy-in of many stakeholder groups.
In addition, ISO standards are developed with the involvement of governments worldwide, ensuring the needs of policy makers are taken into account.
For more information about how standards support public policy see our dedicated website.