Safety for all
It is every country’s duty to protect its citizens. This protection must be far reaching and include all aspects of life. Consumers have the right to buy safe and reliable goods, to live and work in buildings that have safe electrical installations, and to be protected from all kinds of hazards associated with products, equipment and systems.
Adopting International Standards; recognizing certificates issued by International Conformity Assessment Systems; incorporating International Standards by reference in regulations and legislation are powerful instruments that help reduce the dumping of sub-standard, low-quality products on local markets. Defective products can cause overheating and fires. Such hazards cost substantial amounts of money to local economies and endanger the lives of thousands. The use of International Standards can help protect populations by preventing accidents.
The scope of international standardization is vast. It covers the billions of electrical devices and electronics used at home, in offices, medical facilities, manufacturing or energy generation but also food safety, transportation and many every day products, like sports equipment or toys.
Additionally, International Standards on air, water and soil quality, gas emission and radiation, as well as environmental aspects of products help preserve the environment and the health of citizens.