You may be wondering why you need to learn about standards. There’s no denying they are a good idea, but it’s the experts’ job to deal with them, right? Wrong. Standards concern us all because we are the ultimate beneficiaries.

Standardization has traditionally been a male-dominated field, but much has changed over time as more and more women take up the challenge, demonstrating leadership and skill.

How do small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) compete on a level playing field with the biggest business? Quite simply: by applying International Standards.

ISO TC and SC Chairs include some remarkable men and women. Which is why the first issue of the new and improved ISO Focus+ has been dedicated to them.

… that ISO has standards for pasta, lawn mowers and even toothbrushes? We highlight some key examples of standards that are less known, but which still intrigue, captivate and pique our interest.

Conformity assessment provides consumers with added confidence. This issue showcases the latest developments in the ISO "toolbox" for conformity assessment.

International Standards are crucial for promoting efficiency, which is why the theme of this year’s World Standards Day is "Less waste, better results – Standards increase efficiency".

A portfolio of articles highlights the progress and usefulness of ISO standards aimed at ensuring quality and safety (and beauty) in the health and wellness sector.

With the evolution of technology and the explosion of the Internet, Websites, social media and online services are giving rise to new challenges for industry and consumers.
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