For consumer confidence, authorities, shareholders and partners, and sometimes for market access, products, services and / or production system, companies must sotvetstvovat recognized national and / or international standards.

For several reasons, there is a gradual abandonment of national standards for the benefit of the international. Among them:

cultural globalization, union tastes, expectations and preferences of consumers
development of international trade
global industrial cooperation
participation in the global stock markets
insurance business, products / services
Many companies orient their business priority by international standards.

In the world today there are dozens of organizations producing international standards:

1. The International Organization for Standardization ISO (ISO) was established in 1947 on the initiative of the Soviet Union, Great Britain and France. At the moment, ISO is the largest organization that develops and publishes international standards in various fields. In ISO attended by representatives of 159 countries, actions are directed by the Central Secretariat in Geneva. As a non-governmental organization, ISO aims to achieve consensus between the needs of society and business interests. To date, the ISO has issued more than 17,500 international standards.

2. IEC International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) was founded in 1906, is headquartered in London. IEC specializes in the development of standards in electrical engineering and related fields. Many standards are developed and published in cooperation with ISO.

3. European Committee for standardization (CEN) and the European komitetet on standards in electrical engineering (CENELEC) - define the standards (EN) for use in the EU. CEN and CENELEC are cooperating with each other and with the ISO, promoting a number of the standards from the European to the global level.

4. World Organization for the ILO (IOS) - a specialized agency of the UN, the international organization dedicated to the regulation of labor relations. For 2009, the ILO are 182 States. A PRIORITY focus of the ILO is to develop standards for the protection of labor.

5. World Health Organization WHO (WHO) - is developing the agenda of research, good practice and oboschaet producing international standards of health and related fields.

6. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) - was created to address issues of food security and fighting hunger globally. Among other things, FAO jointly with WHO develops standards for food safety.

5. International certification company, such as, for example, BSI, DNV, LRQA, SGS, TUV and others actively involved in the development of international standards. Basically they are promoting standards and schemes suitable for further certification.