About World Standards Day
Since 1970, World Standards Day has been celebrated in various ways throughout the world. Conferences, exhibitions, seminars, TV and radio interviews, and even “World Standards Week" events take place annually on or around 14 October.
The goal of World Standards Day is to raise awareness of the importance of global standardization to the world economy and to promote its role in helping meet the needs of business, industry, government, and consumers worldwide. World Standards Day also pays tribute to the thousands of volunteers around the world who participate in standardization activities.
The 3rd of October was chosen as World Standards Day by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to commemorate the anniversary of the first meeting of delegates from 25 countries that resulted in the formation of ISO.
The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) joined with ISO in the celebration of World Standards Day in 1988, and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) was added in 1993.
The US Celebration of World Standards Day
Initiated by the Standards Engineering Society in 1990, the US celebration of World Standards Day is now a joint effort between the private and public sector. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) co-chair the event with participation by some 50 trade associations, professional societies, standards development organizations, corporations, and government agencies.
The US celebration of World Standards Day includes a reception, exhibits, dinner, and presentation of the Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership Award. Named after the late US Secretary of Commerce, the award recognizes demonstrated leadership in promoting the important role of standardization in eliminating global barriers to trade.
View information about this year’s US celebration of World Standards Day
View information about the 2017 World Standards Day Paper Competition
2016 World Standards Day Paper Competition Winners
At the 2016 World Standards Day event, SES - The Society for Standards Professionals, presented the three prizes for the paper competition. The first place award went to Julie M. Kapp, MPH, PhD and Debra Parker Oliver, PhD, MSW - University of Missouri School of Medicine, for their paper "The Pursuit of Longevity Fuels the Need for International Life Expectancy Standards” Second place went to Maria Iafano and Christopher James - Underwriters Laboratories, for their paper for “Innovation in Standards Development, "Lifejacket Marking, Labeling and Point of Sale Information – Facilitating Harmonization to Save Lives”, while third place went to Paul W. Witherell and Yan Lu - NIST, for their paper “Building Connections Through Standards Landscaping”
View past World Standards Day Paper Competition winning papers.