How to develop National Standardization Strategies

A national standardization strategy is a policy roadmap for a country to make certain that its national strategic priorities are supported by relevant national and International Standards. The International Organization for Standardization, ISO, has published a methodology for developing a national standardization strategy (NSS). One of the most critical aspects of an NSS is its basis on the economic, social and environmental priorities of the country – one which clearly aligns itself to the overall national strategy – and emphasizes the effective use of resources for standards development. It directly addresses both the mid- and long-term vision of NSBs, and can be used as a tool for strengthening the national quality infrastructure.

Overall, the publication provides comprehensive insights on the methodology of the development of national standardization strategies, specific aspects and extensions dealing with elements such as mapping national priorities to standards and dealing with missing or incomplete data, as well as provide examples from different national standardization strategies. Furthermore, a focus on the standards that are most needed is taken into account, setting the platform which can then contribute to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

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