World Standards Day

Each year on 14 October, the members of the IEC, ISO and ITU celebrate World Standards Day, which is a means of paying tribute to the collaborative efforts of the thousands of experts worldwide who develop the voluntary technical agreements that are published as international standards.


World Standards Day 2014

Take part in the World Standards Day 2014 poster competition!

IEC, ISO and ITU are launching a competition open to everyone, to design a poster illustrating the 2014 World Standards Day theme:

Standards level the playing field

The designer(s) of the best poster will win 1,500 Swiss francs, with the three runners-up receiving 500 Swiss francs each.

Below you will find the World Standards Day 2014 message explaining this year’s theme, as well as some examples of previous World Standards Day poster competitions.

You can follow the World Standards Day poster competition on Twitter,  Facebook and Google+, and these channels will later provide details on the procedure to vote for your favourite design.

Good luck!


  • Who can take part in the competition?
  • How can I enter the competition? 
    To enter the competition send your designs in .jpg or .png format to the following e-mail address: (total attachment should not exceed 20Mo). Submissions will be accepted until midnight, 30 April 2014.

With your submission you confirm that the creation and its copyright is fully owned by you and that you have respected all copyrights of others. Any creation using copyrighted material will be withdrawn from the competition. Should a copyright owner come forward after the poster has been selected, produced or distributed, the person who has submitted the poster for the competition accepts fully liability for all resulting claims, damages and costs.

  • How will the finalists and the winners be chosen?
    IEC, ISO and ITU representatives will choose the finalists. We will publish the shortlisted entries on this site and let the public choose the winning designs. The entries that receive the most votes win the competition.
  • When will the voting commence?
    The voting opens after we publish all shortlisted entries here.
  • Can I promote my own submission on-line?
    Yes, of course, we strongly encourage you to do so! Please remain ethical and transparent – spamming or misleading practices will lead to disqualification.
  • When will the winners be announced?
    The voting starts on the 23 May and will last until the 31 May.
    We will announce the winners shortly after the voting closes.

Send your poster entries to: 


World Standards Day 2014 Message

Standards level the playing field

We are living in a world that is undergoing profound transformations at all levels. Economies have never been more interdependent. Today, products that are consumed in one market are no longer “made in one country”; they are “made in the world”. Before they get to the end-consumer, they transit through many countries where manpower or parts add value to the final product.

Small and medium enterprises that use international standards will find it easier to get their products certified and are better able to compete and sell anywhere in the world. With international standards SMEs are able to take part in global value chains and benefit from technology transfer.

Countries that have mainstreamed international standards in their policies and regulations are able to better protect their populations and give them a bigger choice of quality products.

In a multi-polar world, where the influence and economic weight of emerging economies is shifting the balance of power, international standards stimulate trade, overcome artificial trade barriers and help level the playing field. This makes companies, industries and economies more competitive, making it easier for them to export, and stimulates diversification nationally and internationally.


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