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International Involvement

International Standards bring technological, economic and societal benefits. They help to harmonize technical specifications of products and services making industry more efficient and help break down barriers to international trade. Conformity to Standards helps reassure consumers that products are safe, efficient and good for the environment.
 
One of the strengths of International standards is that they are created by industry experts who drive all aspects of the standard development process, from deciding whether a new standard is needed to defining all the technical content.
 
There are many benefits for Australian SDOs in using international standards. These include:
 
  • The facilitation of international exchange of goods and services.
  • They generally reflect the best experience of industry and regulators worldwide.
  • Ensuring that Australia’s obligations to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) are met.
  • Helping optimise operations and therefore improving the bottom line.
  • Preventing trade barriers and opening up global markets.
  • Helping reduce negative impacts on the environment.
And getting involved in the international standardisation process can bring significant advantages to you and your organisation, for example by:
 
  • Giving early access to information that could shape the future for your organisation.
  • Ensuring Australia’s interests are voiced in the development of International Standards.
  • Helping to keep market access open.
  • Facilitating participation in international certification schemes. 
Standards are both important and interesting, and the Guide to International Standardisation provides more details on how international standardisation works, and how you can become involved.
 
Should you decide to proceed with more involvement there are certain procedures that accredited SDOs are required to comply with. These are listed under procedures and result from rules developed both by the international standards organisations, International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and by Standards Australia who coordinates Australia’s participation in international committee work.