World Standards Day

Each year on October 14, we join the international community to celebrate World Standards Day. This is a unifying call that: 


  • highlights the importance of activities related to standards 
  • pays tribute to the collaborative efforts of thousands of people giving their time and expertise to this work


World Standards Day poster with message “shared vision for a better world, standards for SDGS, 14 October.”


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Bringing standardization’s enduring success to non-traditional areas

Our CEO, Chantal Guay, reflects on ways that the standards community’s work as a whole contributes to a safer and healthier world.

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Standardization: Accelerating sustainable change and preparing the next generation

Our CEO, Chantal Guay, reflects on the big picture and on important actions the standards community can take to help tomorrow’s leaders.

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Standardization – a solution to help achieve the SDGs

Our CEO, Chantal Guay, explores the relationship between standardization and environmental, social and governance to create transformation that has a positive impact.

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The London Declaration

The London Declaration to combat climate change through standards defines the ISO’s commitment to achieve the climate agenda by 2050.

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Celebrating World Standards Day 2022

Philippe Metzger, IEC Secretary-General and CEO, reflects on how standardization helps move the world toward a safer, cleaner and more sustainable future.

World Standards Day toolkit

It’s never too early to prepare. Here’s everything you need to join the global movement:

Explore the World Standards Day toolkit for other resources, such as the Message from ISO, IEC and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).


Did you know?

  • IEC, ISO and ITU organize World Standards Day 
  • October 14, 1946: delegates from 25 countries gathered in London, England to create a new international organization dedicated to coordinating and unifying standards work. The ISO was officially formed one year later.
  • October 14, 1970: the first World Standards Day

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Get involved in standards development

By participating in standardization and shaping the standards of tomorrow, you can become a global leader at the very forefront of your industry, while helping to advance the health, safety and economic well-being of all Canadians.

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Learn about standards and conformity assessment

Standards and conformity assessment create trust and confidence in the goods and services we rely on. Level up your knowledge of standardization. Learn how you can use it to gain a competitive advantage for your business.  

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Find and buy standards

Browse our database to search for published National Standards of Canada and international standards. You can also search for Other Recognized Documents. Find out where to buy the standards you need.