ISO celebrates 70 years
2017 is ISO's 70th anniversary! The ISO story began in 1946 when delegates from 25 countries gathered in London to discuss the future of standardization. A year later, on 23 February 1947, ISO officially came into existence. In this post-war era, the founding members saw International Standards as a key to the world's reconstruction efforts.
Back in 1947, the purpose of the fledgling organization was to facilitate the coordination and unification of standards developed by its member bodies, all of which were national standardization entities in their respective countries. The founders decided that the organization would be open to every country wanting to collaborate – with equal rights and equal duties.
These founding principles still hold true today and the ISO family has blossomed to include 163* members from almost every country in the world. Standardization has come a long way and ISO International Standards, which now cover almost all aspects of technology and business, will continue to ensure positive change in an evolving world.
CEN-CENELEC Work Programme 2017
The CEN-CENELEC Work Programme provides an overview of the most important standardization activities that will be supported by CEN-CENELEC during 2017. It also includes information about 'Outreach activities' in relation to SME participation, including societal stakeholders, education about standardization, research and innovation, and international cooperation.
These activities respond to market needs, and are closely aligned with the priorities of the 'annual Union work programme for European standardization for 2017', which was adopted by the European Commission in June 2016.
The CEN-CENELEC Work Programme is intended as a source of information and inspiration for stakeholders, who are encouraged to get actively involved in contributing to European standardization activities – either at national level or at European level.
The CEN-CENELEC Work Programme 2017 can be found in the 'Publications' section of the CEN-CENELEC website.
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