In the changing global market place standards are fundamental to facilitating international trade, and can help companies grow, innovate and compete on the world stage.
NSAI Chief Executive Geraldine Larkin says, “More and more businesses are recognising that standards can offer them a competitive advantage and a way to overcome potential barriers to trade. By actively engaging in standards committees, Irish companies can ensure they are ahead of the curve when it comes to product innovation and ensuring they continue to meet international trade requirements.”
2018 saw significant developments in the standards area with 1,318 standards published last year. The most popular standard was ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management systems. Other notable standards included the Pyrite and Mica Protocol, and the publication of the draft guidelines for the New National Wiring Riles.
NSAI is playing a leading role in the Digital Transformation era and will this year host International plenary meetings in the areas of AI, Blockchain and Robotics. It is continually seeking individuals with sectoral expertise to get involved with its Standards Committees across a range of sectors from digital to construction to cosmetics.
Ms Larkin made the comments at the launch of NSAI’s end of year statement for 2018. It highlights some of the organisations main achievements this year. Some of the key moments include SI redefinition, the launch of the Health and Safety Standard ISO 45001, and the publication of the draft guidelines for the New National Wiring Rules, which were revised for the first time in over a decade.