About

PreviewScreenSnapz002The Joint Technical Committee (JTC 1), Information technology, of International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), is a consensus-based, globally relevant, voluntary international standards group. More than 2000 experts from 163 countries come together to develop mutually beneficial guidelines that enhance global trade while protecting intellectual property.

Every industry develops solutions that suit their markets and customers. The ISO/IEC JTC 1 committee of experts plays a role in recommending baselines and standards for safety features, acceptable quality measures and testing, for example. When international bodies apply those recommendations, it can facilitate global acceptance of products, speed up time-to-market for new products and reduce manufacturing costs.

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Who participates

ISO/IEC JTC 1 national body includes representatives from producers, governmental and public agencies, academia, businesses and other users. The diverse group of participants ensures that there is a broad-based, open and balanced representation in the standards development process. The wide-range of participants also takes into account relevant societal aspects of the standards.

More than 120 organizations work with ISO/IEC JTC 1.

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Who benefits

 

Consumers
  • More choice and reduced costs: when standards are used to allow greater ease of access to more than one choice of system, this results in greater competition between manufacturers and service providers.
  • Economies of scale: with standardization, industry can more quickly reach a critical mass, and achieve a return on R&D costs. International standardization initiatives can open up the global market
  • Greater consumer confidence in products or services bought from companies observing International Standards
  • Increased sales: flexible, interoperable products will be more attractive to clients.
  • ISO/IEC JTC 1 standards are crucial for the development of interoperable applications, which themselves are important to future economic growth
  • ISO/IEC JTC 1 standards provide a tool for securing policy initiative. The standards serve as a measure by which to judge bids for public procurement tenders. International Standards enable procurers to avoid being “ locked in ” to a single proprietary platform.
Businesses
  • Economies of scale: with standardization, industry can more quickly reach a critical mass, and achieve a return on R&D costs. International standardization initiatives can open up the global market
  • Greater consumer confidence in products or services bought from companies observing International Standards
  • Increased sales: flexible, interoperable products will be more attractive to clients.
Governments
  • ISO/IEC JTC 1 standards are crucial for the development of interoperable applications, which themselves are important to future economic growth
  • ISO/IEC JTC 1 standards provide a tool for securing policy initiative. The standards serve as a measure by which to judge bids for public procurement tenders. International Standards enable procurers to avoid being “ locked in ” to a single proprietary platform.

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ISO/IEC standards provide solutions

In the past 25 years of its existence, ISO/IEC JTC 1 has brought about a number of very successful and relevant information and communication technologies (ICT) standards in the fields of multimedia (MPEG), IC cards (smart cards), ICT security, database query and programming languages as well as character sets, to name just a few.

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