Amazon founder Jeff Bezos famously warned that there is no alternative to digital transformation. Visionary companies, he said, will carve out new strategic options for themselves, while those that do not adapt, will fail. The world of standards and conformity assessment is no different and that is why the IEC and ISO are driving the digital evolution of international standards to address the current and future needs of citizens, societies and economies globally.
IEC and ISO are collaborating closely on SMART to align their visions and ambitions. The joint programme aims to ensure that IEC and ISO products and services remain the most attractive and relevant to markets and societies, today and tomorrow.
SMART is a digital capability that will transform the way IEC and ISO share knowledge supporting the world of tomorrow. It refers to the formats, processes, and tools necessary for users (humans and machines) to interact with standards over the entire dynamic lifecycle.
There is no plan to phase out existing formats such as paper and pdf. Instead, SMART will offer a unique opportunity for IEC and ISO to implement digital solutions that serve the needs of all stakeholders, from industry, regulators, and end-users to society as a whole.
Standards developed today by IEC and ISO are focused on humans as primary users. While these standards can be read by computers, they cannot be interpreted and therefore comprehensively processed by machines.
The next generation of IEC and ISO standards will provide tailored and up-to-date content at the right time to the relevant users, whether they are humans or machines. Manufacturers are expected to integrate SMART standards into their entire product and service lifecycles to accelerate development at a lower cost and ensure compliance with the latest applicable regulations.
SMART will enable standards developers to focus on content creation in a much more effective way by using advanced digital tools to automate processes over the whole development lifecycle. End users will benefit from digital standards whose content is tailored to their needs and updated constantly.
Register for the upcoming IEC SMART standards webinar to find out more, including the expected benefits to standards developers and users. The webinar takes place on Tuesday 27 September at 13:00 (local time in Switzerland).
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