Rwanda Standards Board
IKIGO CY’IGIHUGU GITSURA UBUZIRANENGE

Types of standards

INTERNATIONAL AND REGIONAL STANDARDS

 

International Standards reflect agreements on the technical description of the characteristics to be fulfilled by the product, system, service or object in question. They are widely adopted at the regional or national level and are applied by manufacturers, trade organizations, purchasers, consumers, testing laboratories, governments, regulators and other interested parties.

 

Since International Standards generally reflect the best experience of industry, researchers, consumers and regulators worldwide, and cover common needs in a variety of countries, they constitute one of the important bases for the removal of technical barriers to trade as recommended by the WTO (World Trade Organization) in its agreement on TBT (Technical Barrier to Trade).

 

BENEFITS OF INTERNTAIONAL STANDARDS

 

International Standards bring technological, economic and societal benefits. They help to harmonize technical specifications of products and services making industry more efficient and breaking down barriers to international trade. Conformity to International Standards helps reassure consumers that products are safe, efficient and good for the environment

 

www.iso.org/iso/home/standards/benefitsofstandards.htm