Standards are needed to assure safety of products, to ensure that products and materials are tailored-made for their purpose, promote the interoperability of products and services, facilitate trade by removing trade barriers, promote common understanding of a product.
Without standards, products will not work as expected and the quality will be inconsistent and inferior, products can also be incompatible with other equipment and in extreme cases, products can endanger your health and safety or even detrimental to the environment.
Benefits of Using Standards
Standards ensure the safety, quality and reliability of a products and services; they facilitate trade and protect our health and the health of our environment.
- In the case of Businesses, Standards improve systems and processes; they reduce waste, cut down cost and ensure consistency. Standards improves customer certification and increases sales. Standards also support trade through compatibility with other markets.
- In the case of Government, standards supports the development of policies and legislations. Regulators, legislators and other government representative uses standards to protect consumers and business interest.
- For consumers, standards ensure reliability, consistency and safety of goods and services. Standards also ensures interoperability.