World Standards Day was established by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) on October 14 to enhance awareness on the significance of international standardization to respond to the needs of businesses, industries, governments and consumers worldwide. Since its rejoining the ISO in 1978, China held various presentations, symposiums, and commemorative events for World Standards Day in major and medium-sized cities nationwide to publicize the role of standardization in societal development and enhance the awareness of standardization among the people.
The theme for the 51st World Standards Day in this year is “Protecting the planet with standards”. Since the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic emerged, practitioners in standardization took immediate actions to respond. China’s State Standardization Administration, National Health Commission, local governments, and social organizations took emergency actions to formulate and publish a series of relevant national standards, industry standards, local standards, and organization standards for the prevention and control of COVID-19, which played an essential role in regulating and directing efforts in the prevention and control of the outbreak and in protecting the people’s health and safety.