Standards: High Level of Technicality
A standard represents a high level of technical know-how, which renders the role of industry in its preparation indispensable. A standard is never neutral. It is a reference document used in particular in the context of public contracts or in that of international trade on which the majority of commercial contracts rely. It is used by industrialists as the indisputable reference, simplifying and clarifying the contractual relations between economic partners. It is a document that is being used more and more in jurisprudence.
For the economic players, the standard is:
- A factor for rationalization of production: the standard makes it possible to master the technical characteristics, to satisfy the customers, to validate the manufacturing methods, to increase productivity and gives operators a feeling of security;
- A factor for clarification of transactions: faced with overabundant product or service offers which may have extremely different practical values, the existence of systems of reference enables one to better assess the offers and to reduce uncertainties, to aid in the definition of needs, to optimize supplier relations and to do without additional testing;
- A factor for innovating and developing products: to participate in standardization work enables one to anticipate and therefore to make one's products progress simultaneously. Standards play a favorable role for innovation thanks to transferal of knowledge;
- A factor for transferal of new technologies: standardization facilitates and accelerates the transferal of technologies in fields which are essential for both companies and individuals.