Setting international standards

Providing international standards
Establishing international norms
1. In a globalized world, the role of national governments is increasing limited. But the difficulty in setting international standards lies in getting a culturally and economically diverse international community to agree on what those standards should be. There is abundant evidence that legally-binding standards set internationally are lower than those the societal need demands. For example, during the negotiations on the Kyoto Protocol, nations were unable to agree even the minimum targets advocated by the scientific community, mostly due to economic arguments.

2. Technical standards developed by international standard bodies like ISO, ETSI and CIEC are examples whereby public accountability and democratic institutions are substituted by private bodies dominated by representation from industry. International standard bodies are pretending to involve all stakeholders. This is not the case since only standard institutes from the developed world and large companies can afford participation. International standard bodies should not be entrusted with the task of developing standards for the purpose to harmonise regulation.

International Labour Organization
International Organization for Standardization
Bureau international des poids et mesures
International Association for Biologicals
International Council for Standardization in Haematology
European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization
European Organization for Civil Aviation Equipment
European Cooperation for Space Standardization
International Council for Physical Activity and Fitness Research
European Office of Crafts, Trades and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises for Standardization
Euro-Asian Council for Standardization, Metrology and Certification
Standardization and Metrology Organization for Gulf Cooperation Council Countries
European Committee for Iron and Steel Standardization
NATO Standardization Organization
NATO Military Agency for Standardization
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Information Society Standardization System
Non-aligned Countries Group for Standardization, Weights, Measures and Quality Control
African Organisation for Standardisation
Sevilla Working Party on Legal Medicine in Europe
E-business Board for European Standardization
Telecommunication Standardization Bureau
Pan Arab Committee for Standardization and Quality Control
International convention on the standardization of methods of wine analysis and evaluation
International Committee for the Standardization of Analysis of Starch and its By-Products
European Committee for the Standardization of Clinical Trials
International Gravity Standardization Network
Type Classification:
D: Detailed strategies