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About World Standards Day

Since 1970, World Standards Day has been celebrated in various ways throughout the world. Conferences, exhibitions, seminars, TV and radio interviews, and even “World Standards Week" events take place annually on or around 14 October.

The goal of World Standards Day is to raise awareness of the importance of global standardization to the world economy and to promote its role in helping meet the needs of business, industry, government, and consumers worldwide. World Standards Day also pays tribute to the thousands of volunteers around the world who participate in standardization activities.

The 3rd of October was chosen as World Standards Day by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to commemorate the anniversary of the first meeting of delegates from 25 countries that resulted in the formation of ISO.

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) joined with ISO in the celebration of World Standards Day in 1988, and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) was added in 1993. 

The US Celebration of World Standards Day



Initiated by the Standards Engineering Society in 1990, the US celebration of World Standards Day is now a joint effort between the private and public sector. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) co-chair the event with participation by some 50 trade associations, professional societies, standards development organizations, corporations, and government agencies.

The US celebration of World Standards Day includes a reception, exhibits, dinner, and presentation of the Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership Award. Named after the late US Secretary of Commerce, the award recognizes demonstrated leadership in promoting the important role of standardization in eliminating global barriers to trade.

View information about this year’s US celebration of World Standards Day


The SES hosts an annual SES Evening event during World Standards Week in Washington, D.C. All SES Events are listed in the SES Calendar. 

2019 SES DC Section World Standards Week Evening Event Photos


SES World Standards Day Paper Competition


2019 Award Winner, Cassy Robinson


In celebration of standards, and their growing impact on the global economy, SES and the ANSI U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day Planning Committee co-sponsor an annual paper competition for individuals in the U.S. standards community. Paper competition winners are selected by the SES Publications Committee and are announced at the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day.

View information about the 2021 World Standards Day Paper Competition

View past World Standards Day Paper Competition winning papers.