World’s Standard Day On 14th October: Know The History & Significance Behind This Day!


‘World Standards Day'”International standards day” which is celebrated internationally each year on 14 October.

The day is to honours the efforts of the thousands of experts who develop voluntary standards within standards development organizations such as the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

world-standard-day-2The main reason and aim behind the World Standards Day are to raise awareness among regulators, industry, and consumers as to the importance of standardization to the global economy.

Each year on 14 October, the members of the IEC, ISO and ITU celebrate World Standards Day, which is a means of paying tribute to the collaborative efforts of the thousands of experts worldwide who develop the voluntary technical agreements that are published as international standards.

14 October was specifically chosen to mark the date, in 1946, when delegates from 25 countries first gathered in London and decided to create an international organization focused on facilitating standardization. Even though ISO was formed one year later, it was not until 1970 that the first World Standards Day was celebrated.

Around the globe, various activities are chosen by national bodies to commemorate the date. The United States held a 2014 U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day on 23 October 2014.

The Standards Council of Canada (SCC), Canada’s national accreditation body, celebrates World Standards Day together with the international community by observing the day near the dates of the international observance. In 2012 SCC celebrated World Standards Day on Friday, 12 October.

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  1. Hello Vaibhav Singh
    Thank you for this article.
    Actually, World Standards Day was initiated by the IEC and ISO…ITU joined later. It is only relevant to true International Standards prepared by these three organizations. Standards are consensus based, voluntary and the three organizations have a country representation/membership. IEEE and IETF work very differently and don’t prepare standards that are recognized by WTO and the UN as truly international.There individuals (or companies) participate and represent their own views in a group that works together and prepares standards. Hope this helps.
    With kind regards