international standards facilitate world trade by removing technical barriers
to trade, leading to new markets and economic growth. Put simply, a component
or system manufactured to IEC standards and manufactured in country A can be
sold and used in countries B through to Z.
standards are vital since they also represent the core of the World Trade
Organization's Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT), whose 100-plus
central government members explicitly recognize that international standards
play a critical role in improving industrial efficiency and developing world
IEC standards provide industry and users with the framework for economies of
design, greater product and service quality, more inter-operability, and better
production and delivery efficiency. At the same time, IEC's standards also
encourage an improved quality of life by contributing to safety, human health
and the protection of the environment.