This is chapter 3 of the Introduction to Standards and the Standards Council of Canada orientation module. A transcript of the video follows below.
Chapter 3 - Why are standards important?
International Trade is enabled by the acceptance of common standards and practices. Technical barriers to trade – such as regulations, standards, testing and certification procedures which could obstruct trade – are reduced when these elements are harmonized between countries, thus ensuring organizations face fewer obstacles when exporting and importing goods.
Standards play an important role in enhancing labour productivity, industry innovation, and new product development. Participation in standards-related activities equips industry with information on trends and best practices, which can translate into a competitive edge.
Standards improve confidence in the products purchased by consumers. They provide for the compatibility between products, and improve the physical environment of Canadians.
A well established and trusted standardization system helps protect the health and safety of Canadians.
Standards are also practical for government. Referencing existing industry standards can save time and costs in areas such as the procurement of goods and in drafting regulations and codes.
In addition, standards are important to education and training.
Students who have a better understanding of the standardization process are better qualified to enter the workforce.
Many Canadian colleges and universities obtain access to ISO and IEC standards at reduced cost through SCC’s Standards in Education Program.
Standards must remain relevant to the organizations and individuals they impact while reflecting changing conditions and emerging technologies.