Each year on 14 October, the members of the IEC, ISO and ITU celebrate World Standards Day, which is a means of paying tribute to the collaborative efforts of thousands of experts worldwide who develop the voluntary technical agreements that are published as International Standards.
The day honours the efforts of the thousands of experts who develop voluntary standards within standards development organisations such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).
The aim of World Standards Day is to raise awareness among regulators, industry and consumers as to the importance of standardisation to the global economy.
14 October was specifically chosen to mark the date, in 1946, when delegates from 25 countries first gathered in London and decided to create an international organisation focused on facilitating standardization. Even though ISO was formed one year later, it wasn’t until 1970 that the first World Standards Day was celebrated.
Around the globe, various activities are chosen by national bodies to commemorate the date.
Ghana is a member and as such will celebrate the day with a number of activities.
Back home, the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) is the government agency responsible for developing, publishing and promoting standards.
The Authority derives its mandate from the Standards decree, NRCD 173 of 1973. GSA is also the custodian of the Weights and Measures Decree, 326 of 1975.
Its Vision is to become a customer-focused world-class standards organisation. Its mission is to contribute towards the growth of Industry, protect consumers and facilitate trade through standardisation, metrology and consumer protection.