World Standards Day 2020 | Sunday Observer

World Standards Day 2020

11 October, 2020

Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLSI), the National Standards body in Sri Lanka, annually commemorates the World Standards Daywhich falls on October 14 to pay tribute to the collaborative efforts of several experts all over the world who develop International Standards.

The Sri Lanka Standards Institution, has declared the week encompassing the Worlds Standards Day, as the “National Quality Week” since standards and quality are highly consistent. This year, the National Quality Week falls from October 12-18, 2020. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the International Electro-technical Commission (IEC) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) declared “Protecting the planet with standards” as the World Standards Day 2020 theme.

Therefore, as we all understand, life on earth including human beings along with all fauna and flora depends on energy coming from the sun for their existence. On the other hand, as an outcome of human activities over the last century, steered by extensive industrialisation, have contributed to depletion of natural greenhouse gases surrounding the earth.

The three fundamental prerequisites to mitigate the impact of human activities on our planet are; political will, concrete actions and adopting appropriate tools. Sri Lanka at present has the political will and the strength to take tangible and definitive actions in this regard.

International standards prepared by IEC, ISO and ITU are one of the appropriate tools required to be adopted to protect the planet from negative impacts generated by human activities as they provide true solutions to technical challenges. Those organisations assist in sharing knowledge and experience broadly in developed as well as developing countries covering aspects such as energy savings, water and air quality. They lay down standardised protocols and methods of measurement.

While providing a number of other services such as Product certification, Systems certification, Training, Calibration, Information Services and Laboratory Services to the nation. The Sri Lanka Standards Institution take pride in formulating the national standards which are in accordance with the International standards with due consideration to national needs and limitations.

Adoption of those standards would leave little or zero footprint on our planet in our industrial and development processes which would contribute to protect our planet from irreversible damage such as through carbon emissions and greenhouse gases. Since, compliance with standards improves quality of our lives, it is expected that all relevant parties would give due consideration for adopting and complying with appropriate standards.

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