About WSC

Established in 2001

The World Standards Cooperation (WSC) was established in 2001 by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in order to strengthen and advance the voluntary consensus-based international standards systems of IEC, ISO and ITU.

The WSC also promotes the adoption and implementation of international consensus-based standards worldwide; and resolves any outstanding issues regarding cooperation in the technical work of the three organizations.

Promotion of international standards system

Several initiatives have been undertaken by the WSC since its constitution, including workshops, education and training, and the promotion of international standards system in several contexts.

Mr Malcolm Johnson, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, speaks at the WSC Academic Week 2010
Mr Malcolm Johnson, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, speaks at the WSC Academic Week 2010

IEC, ISO and ITU believe that international standards are an instrument enabling the development of a harmonized, stable and globally recognized framework for the dissemination and use of technologies, best practices and agreements, which support the overall growth of the Information Society. Indeed, their transparent and consensual mechanisms, based on the possible contribution of all interested stakeholders, as well as their extensive network of national members, represent strong assets for market relevance and acceptance, as well as for more equitable development.

WSC will ensure that the three world-wide international standards development organizations (IEC, ISO and ITU), work transparently, and avoid duplication and overlap of work, as much as possible.