FOR PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION: Standardization is a functional instrument of self-regulation. Standardization provides the basis for drafting technical regulations through standards, and a significant number of technical regulations refers to standards. Standardization is a key factor in strengthening a range of government policy activities including overcoming trade barriers, fair trade and consumer protection, environmental and social interest, occupational safety, implementing competitiveness, innovation, etc.
FOR THE PRIVATE SECTOR: Companies that are involved in the standardization process, are in direct contact with experts from other fields on one side and potential competitors on the other side. By applying the standards, the private sector is enabled to use existing solutions, use recognized safety and quality requirements, to enter the market with products and services that meet the applicable requirements.
FOR CONSUMERS: The significance of standardization for consumers lies in the fact that products and services are cheaper, products are safer and have acceptable quality levels (standards are the basis for product quality and safety labels), which gives consumers a choice in terms of cost price. Standards ensure that products are environmentally friendly and that they fit their purpose, which ultimately benefits the consumer.
FOR INSPECTIONS: The use of standards enables inspections to more effectively control the achieved safety of product, as well as easier identification of non-conformities in products. Standards are widely used in occupational safety, environmental protection and other areas. Standards also provide legal certainty, especially when hazardous products or non-compliant products need to be identified after being placed on the market.