Conformity assessment provides consumers with added confidence. This issue showcases the latest developments in the ISO "toolbox" for conformity assessment.

International Standards are crucial for promoting efficiency, which is why the theme of this year’s World Standards Day is "Less waste, better results – Standards increase efficiency".

A portfolio of articles highlights the progress and usefulness of ISO standards aimed at ensuring quality and safety (and beauty) in the health and wellness sector.

With the evolution of technology and the explosion of the Internet, Websites, social media and online services are giving rise to new challenges for industry and consumers.

With the recent earthquakes, tornadoes, tsunamis, IT attacks and terrorist threats around the world, ISO has dedicated this issue to crises management.

ISO is dedicating this issue to the maritime industry, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Titanic.

From traditional sales-related services to intangibles such as banking, tourism, and education, services represent the fastest growing sector of the global economy. They are also by far the largest component of GDP.

High-level executives reveal their companies' perspectives on the benefits of standards implementation and leading industry figures share their expectations for today and tomorrow.

This issue is devoted to sustainable development and explores how some of 19 000 ISO standards have provided tools for translating the global desire for a sustainable world into practical actions that achieve positive results.

With continual accessibility to the Internet, we can check our e-mail, shop and access information anytime. But behind these innovations are real people, visionaries and supporting these gurus and innovators are International Standards.
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