World Standards Day

World Standards Day is observed annually on October 14 by members of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

The purpose of this holiday is to raise awareness among industries, consumers, and regulators about the importance of standardization to the global economy. It makes products safer and more appealing to consumers and increases global demand. Standards literally build confidence in global brands and level the playing field for everyone participating in the economy.

The History of World Standards Day

World Standards Day was created in 1970 to raise awareness about the importance of standards across industries and countries. The date for this holiday was chosen to commemorate the arrival of the first delegates in London from over 25 countries in 1946 to facilitate standardization. A year later, ISO was formed.

Some Facts About Standardization for World Standards Day

Below are some facts that we’ve discovered for World Standards Day. We hope that the following facts will educate and entertain everyone reading about this holiday. Now, let’s take a few moments and take a quick look at them, shall we?

  • The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) was founded on May 17, 1865.
  • The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) was founded on June 26, 1906.
  • The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) was founded on February 23, 1947.
  • The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) was founded on January 1, 1963.
  • ISO is the world’s largest developer of voluntary international standards.

Observing World Standards Day

Industries, consumers, and members of international standardization organizations can take the time to think about the importance of standardization to the world community. It’s also a good day to raise the public’s awareness about them as well. People can spread the word about this holiday using the hashtag “World Standards Day” on social media.

When is it?
This year (2024)
October 14 Monday
Next year (2025)
October 14 Tuesday
Last year (2023)
October 14 Saturday
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