Every day someone is disappointed or angered by a product or service that wasn’t what they wanted, caused injury to themselves or others, or didn’t work the way they were supposed to.
How do we know those products and services weren’t meant to be like that? Because there are RULES – called ‘standards’ – that spell out exactly how those things are meant to be.
Has this happened to you? Then you are one of us. One of the many community super heroes that wants to make things safer and more reliable for their families, communities and more.
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Developing voluntary consensus standards with a standards setting organization (e.g. consensus body, standards developing organization (SDO)) can be a rewarding experience. You can make life-long friends, learn about the building blocks that support innovation, technology, and conformity assessment, and gain leadership and teamwork skills.
Why should you participate in standards development?
Users of products and services, e.g. consumers, know first hand why a product needs to work or be designed in a certain way. Ensuring that the standard includes those requirements, will make your use of the product or service more successful and the product more reliable.
Below are a few types of standardization where Consumers play a large role in standards development:
Products bought and sold in stores are produced according to standards. Product standardization makes it easier to compare like products and ensure the work properly and safely.
Any and all services and industries you need to interact with to live your lives, can be improved and enhanced with standardization. Your contributions to the development of that standard ensures the services you receive leave you satisfied and confident that the job was done right. Examples include:
Don’t like the way your company does something? Try working with the standards developing organization to enact positive change.
You and other consumers play a critical role in demanding that products and services meet standards. Your willingness to buy a product that does or does not meet a standard speaks volumes to the industry. Demand compliance with standards and ensure high quality products and services are available for all.
How do you know products and services meet a standard?
Testing, inspection, certification – all types of conformity assessment – ensure compliance with standard and a method for you to check. Ask for the test report, inspection report, or check for the certification mark.
Did you know?
Conformity assessment, like testing performed at laboratories, must comply with published standards. Your input helps ensure that information produced is helpful, valuable, and easy to understand.
Whatever your interest, there is a place for you in the standards development process and your voice is valuable to the conversation.
Join Women in Standards, we’ll help you find the right SDO, learn how standards are developed, and support you with education and a few cheers for each success.
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