International Standards Day - History, Significance, Theme

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Mar 1, 2023, 12:23

The world would be very unorganized if there were no standards to achieve. With known standards, all functions work seamlessly without hampering the quality, reliability, and safety of products or processes. Standards are important in every field of life. Abiding by different standards allows people to trust the product or process. Standards are generally formed by the collective work of experts in the field and help in making life simple and effective. The consensus on standard harmonization provides a pathway for designing a product or process.

World Standards Day Significance

World Standards Day is celebrated annually on 14th October. The day pays tribute to all collaborative efforts of several experts, scientists, and researchers around the world who have designed, developed, and provided agreements for publishing International Standards. The day is celebrated by the members of ISO (International Organization for Standardization), IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission), and ITU (International Telecommunication Union). The groups also utilize this day to enhance awareness of the importance of standardization.

The International Organization for Standardization was formed in 1947 and the first International Standards Day was celebrated in 1970. The first celebration was inaugurated by the then President of ISO, Faruk Sunter. On this day, 25 country delegates had their first meeting in London. ISO provides several standards including environmental management standards, quality management standards, health and safety standards, food safety standards, energy management standards, and much more.

International Standard Day Themes From 2015 to 2021




Standards- The World’s Common Language


Standards Build Trust


Standards make Cities Smarter


International Standards and the Fourth Industrial Revolution


Video Standards Create a Global Stage


Protecting the Planet with Standards


Standards for Sustainable Development Goals - Shared Vision for a Better World

On International Standards Day, several social media campaigns, animation competitions, media, and presentations are organized. The activities can be joined by people worldwide. On International Standards Day 2021, several activities like short videos, webinars, knowledge sharing, sweet distribution, brochure-making activities, and conferences are arranged. The theme of 2021 focuses on enhancing standardization while developing sustainable goals. Standards will be in place for addressing sustainable development goals for strengthening societies, building resilience, and adapting inclusive ways.

International Standards Day is celebrated to emphasize the benefits and impact of standardization in every aspect of life. In India, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) based in Kochi organizes meetings on 12th October for the event. The event involves discussions and participation of educational institutes, entrepreneurs, and experts on the respective theme.

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FAQs on World Standards Day

Q.1) On which date and month are the International Standards Day celebrated?

International Standards Day is celebrated on 14th October every year.

Q.2) Which is the National Standards Body of India?

The National Standards Body of India is The Bureau of Indian Standards based in Kochi.

Q.3) What is the International Standards Day (2021) focused theme?

The focused theme of the International Standards Day 2021 is Standards for Sustainable Development Goals - Shared Vision for a Better World. The theme focuses on strengthening societies and developing resilient and sustainable methods to survive using standards as a focus.