Path to a Standard

The Path to a Standard



The Importance of Standards

Standards may seem arbitrary, but they are rules created for a reason. Without them (almost) nothing works in international business. For example, if you are the manufacturer of desktop printers then you need to be aware of the A4 standard for paper sizes. While North America commonly uses the similarly-sized 8.5” x 11” US Letter paper size, if that desktop printer is to be placed in other markets, then it must be designed to accept A4.

Nowadays, standards determine not only paper sizes, but also most areas of our lives. Since 1947, the International Organization for Standardization, or ISO for short, in Geneva has been watching over the worldwide body of rules. Since then, more than 23,000 international standards have been published by the organization - on almost every technical aspect. 

But how is a new standard actually created? 

Download our infographic, "Path to a Standard" to get a brief summary of how standards are developed in the first place.

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A Path to a Standard

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