International Organization for Standardization

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is an international non-governmental organization comprised of National Standardization Organizations of 162 countries. The coordinating body of ISO is the Secretariat located in Geneva.

ISO is the world's largest developer of international standards (currently there are more than 21 thousand ISO standards). The scope of ISO covers both traditional industries, including agriculture, construction, engineering, manufacturing, distribution, transport, and information and communication technologies, good governance and services.

The Republic of Belarus, represented by the State Committee for Standardization, has been a full ISO member since 1993 and participates in 168 ISO technical committees and subcommittees on standardization. The Republic of Belarus is an active participant in 4 ISO Policy Development Committees: Committee on conformity assessment ISO/CASCO, Committee on reference materials ISO/REMCO, Committee on consumer policy ISO/COPOLCO, as well as Committee on developing country matters ISO/DEVCO.

Belarus also strengthens cooperation with regional standardizing organizations. In September 2017, on the margins of the 40th General Assembly of ISO in Berlin, the Belarus’ Gosstandard and European standards organizations (CEN / CENELEC) signed a cooperation agreement.

The State Committee for Standardization of the Republic of Belarus is the leading state body for cooperation with ISO.

The delegation of the Republic of Belarus led by the First Deputy Chairman of the State Committee for Standardization Mr Valentin Tataritsky participated in the 41st session of the General Assembly of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) which took place on September 27-28, 2018, in Geneva.

During the meeting the participants discussed the role of standards in international trade, the use of innovations and technologies in the development of standards, as well as international standards aimed at the implementation of the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030.

On September 27 on the margins of the General Assembly a program of cooperation in the field of standardization, metrology and conformity assessment for the years 2019-2020 was signed between Belarus and Uzbekistan. On behalf of the Belarusian side the document was signed by the First Deputy Chairman of the State Committee for Standardization Mr Valentin Tataritsky, on behalf of the Uzbek side – by the General Director of the UZSTANDART agency Mr Dilshod Sattarov.

The program stipulates that the parties will exchange information, documents in the field of technical regulation and standardization, share their accumulated experience in the framework of seminars, internships for specialists, as well as assist in participating in the activities of international standardization organizations (ISO and IEC).

On 19-20 September 2019, the delegation of the State Committee for Standardization participated in the meeting of the 42nd ISO General Assembly in Cape Town, dedicated to the development of the Organization until the year of 2030. During the session, the delegation of the State Committee for Standardization of Belarus held a series of negotiations and meetings with the representatives of ISO, CEN and CENELEC management, experts of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM International), as well as standardization bodies of certain countries.

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