Some 441 national standards have been promulgated to align domestic products with international levels.
In Laos, formal standardization officially begun in 1993 with the government promulgation of laws, decrees, and decisions complying with the rules of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
These regal instruments included amendments to the Law on Standards, the Law on Metrology, and the Decision on Product and Goods Registration, Use of Product and Goods Standard Labels and Goods Quality Testing.
The development of national standards aims to facilitate the promotion of trade and production and transfer of world-class technology as well as to raise productivity, build confidence among and protect consumers.
The International Organization for Standardisation (ISO) was established in February 1947. ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organization with a membership of 162 national standards bodies. Laos gained accession to ISO membership in January 2007.
On Monday, Oct 15, Minister of Science and Technology and Chairman of the National Academy of Science Boviengkham Vongdara told a press conference on the celebration of the World Standards Day 2018 in Vientiane Capital.
The purpose of the World Standards Day celebration is to raise awareness of standards and quality amongst policy makers, legislators, standard regulators and managers, entrepreneurs, business people, manufacturers and users to deepen their understanding of the role and importance of standards to the socio-economic development.
The World Standards Day 2018 is being celebrated under the theme: International Standards and the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
According to the ISO, the World Standards Day – 14 October – pays tribute to the thousands of men and women all over the world who develop voluntary standards for the advancement and welfare of societies.
Source: Lao News Agency