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World Standards Day Today

Quality decides all

The inability of people to maintain the required or proper standards can kill them, either directly or indirectly. But, mostly, in third world countries, these standards are the most ignorant fact or entity.

It is because of their lack of education and awareness. The other reason is they cannot afford high standards. People do not care about the standards at all. This is one of the burning issues in countries with slow development in all sectors. Awareness-raising can solve this issue to a certain extent.

Why do standards matter? Do we have standards for everything and everyone in our lives? What is the minimum standard you need to accept something or someone? Do standards matter to us? Do we ever ask those questions from ourselves or someone else? The answer is “No”. Some have standards for some things, sometimes. None of us has standards for everything and everyone all the time. But we should have them. Not having standards for everyone and everything all the time creates various problems and sometimes it can cause grave situations. Standards matter a lot for the development of a person, a country and almost everything. People who care about standards have fewer troubles in life when compared with others.

No matter in which category we are; whether a child, youth, an adult, male, female or anyone, we should look for the standards in people before we get connected with them and especially before building up close relationships and exposing our private and confidential documents, details etc. Otherwise, they will definitely control us. If we build close relationships with individuals with low standards we will be in trouble due to their evil conduct such as their insincerity, various types of evil addictions, etc.

It is the same with various products. Low quality products such as electronic gadgets can kill us instantly. On the other hand, some products such as poisonous food and beverages can kill us gradually which takes a long time, maybe 10 or 15 years. Some other substandard products such as cosmetics etc. can cause health problems and some of them can last forever. Substandard items can empty our pockets quickly and easily because we have to buy one after another within a very short time because they never last for long or start to give various troubles often which need constant repairs.


The destruction of quality can be observed in our own homes very clearly. That is why we need to be more concerned about the standards of individuals who connect to our families and the items we buy. A substandard person can destroy an excellent family soon after being joined to that family through marriage. The wealth and all the other good qualities of that specific family can be destroyed by him/her within a very short time. Not considering the standard of one family member at one instant (when selecting his/her life partner) is enough for this destruction. It is the same with family friends and relations.

When we were children, there were electronic home appliances in our homes. Refrigerators, televisions, etc. were there. Some of them are still working with or even without any repair. Now they are three or more decades old. But they still look good, work properly and do not give any troubles or give troubles rarely. But how about the similar items we purchased a few months or years ago? They have to be repaired within a very short time and some of them have to be thrown away without using any longer because of the low quality. Take a television set you bought several decades ago. It is analogue. They are still working. Only a few of them need repairs and even those repairs are minor ones. They give you crystal clear pictures, quality sound etc. But how about the latest high-tech television sets. All of them are digital. But you have to worry all the time about its quality. Only the most-advanced expensive digital television sets give you the required good pictures and sound. All the others do not do so. This is the pathetic situation of the so-called advancement of technology without any standard.

The other main factor is manufacturers all over the world prefer low standards because then it will be a never-ending sale. Then people are forced to buy the same electronic appliance again and again within a very short time because there is no other option for them.

Being concerned about the standards is something that makes us safe and fully satisfied with anyone or anything. Worrying after going for someone or something substandard is not worth it at all. If you are concerned about the quality of someone or something it will make you happy and trouble-free in the future. But the standard is something that faces a natural death with this buying and selling economy and cultures in the world.


World Standards Day (or International Standards Day) is an international day celebrated worldwide annually on October 14. The day honours the efforts of the thousands of experts who develop voluntary standards within standards development organisations such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). The aim of World Standards Day is to raise awareness among regulators, industry and consumers as to the importance of standardisation to the global economy.

October 14 was specifically chosen to mark the date, in 1946, when delegates from 25 countries first gathered in London and decided to create an international organisation focused on facilitating standardisation. Even though ISO was formed one year later, it was not until 1970 that the first World Standards Day was celebrated.

Around the globe, various activities are chosen by national standards bodies and intergovernmental organisations to commemorate the date.

The Standards Council of Canada (SCC), Canada’s national accreditation body, celebrates World Standards Day together with the international community by observing the day near the dates of the international observance. In 2012, the SCC celebrated World Standards Day on Friday, October 12.

The World Trade Organization, for the celebration of World Standards Day, October 14, 2020, discussed the TBT (Technical Barriers to Trade) Committee’s Six Principles for the development of international standards.


The Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLSI) is the National Standards Body of Sri Lanka, established under the Bureau of Ceylon Standards Act No. 38 of 1964. The Institution functioned under the name of Bureau of Ceylon Standards until the Act was repealed and replaced by the Sri Lanka Standards Institution Act No. 6 of 1984. The Institution now functions under the Science, Technology and Research Ministry and is governed by a Council appointed by the Minister in terms of the above Act.

The SLSI by virtue of being the National Standards Body in Sri Lanka is a member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) which is based in Geneva. As members of the ISO, National standards bodies exchange on reciprocal basis copies of their National standards and is responsible for disseminating information on standards, technical regulations and standards related activities to the community at the national level.

It is the premier national organisation providing leadership to uplift the quality of life of the nation, through standardisation and quality improvement in all sectors of the economy. The organisation shall be a model of excellence, having a self-motivating organisation culture fulfilling the aspirations of the beneficiaries of its services as well as its employees.

The mission of the Institution is to undertake, promote and facilitate standardisation, measurement, quality assurance and related activities in all sectors of the national economy, increase productivity and maximise the utilisation of resources, facilitate internal and external trade, achieve socio-economic development, enhance international competitiveness of products and services and to safeguard the interest of consumers whilst improving the quality of life of employees of the Institution.



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