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The International Federation of Standards Users is an independent, non profit-making international association of national organizations for the application of standards, companies, professional and trade associations, and governmental agencies, concerned with the use of standards.


To learn more about IFAN read our newsletter which gives information on IFAN events, and includes articles written by IFAN members










IFAN News


IFAN Newsletter December 2022, now available

The latest IFAN Newsletter is now available, it includes a report on the IFAN wek in Berlin; ISO GA session hosted by IFAN and SII; a report on the IEC GM; and a link to the IFAN survey.

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15 November 2022, IFAN Launches major survey to gather standards users views

IFAN Working Group 3 on Standards Distribution and Access has developed the first of a series of annual surveys.  This survey is intended to generate data on the needs of Standards Users worldwide.  The data will allow IFAN to better serve the needs of the user community as well as those who generate standards, please use the link below to fill in the survey.

Please click here to access the survey

IFAN asks for your assistance to distribute and promote this survey. Please send this request to any standards users you are in contact with. This survey is anonymous, and closes on 15 January 2023.

IFAN is offering a copy of the report to those who fill in the survey, if you would like to receive a copy please contact us after completing the survey at: ifan@ifan.org.


IFAN Workshop 2022

On the 18 October IFAN held a workshop in association with its annual Members’ Assembly. Speakers:

  • Mr Christoph Winterhalter, ISO Vice-President Strategy: ISO Strategy in relation to standards users
  • Mr Ross Wraight, IFAN President, CEO Standards Group: ISO Management system standards in the global supply chain
  • Mr Adrian Popa, ISO Manager Conformity Assessment & Consumer Affairs: CASCO Toolbox, essential pillar of present and future conformity assessment
  • Ms Sibylle Gabler, Director of Government Relations DIN: The European Standardization Strategy

The Workshop was facilitated by Ms Vered Oren, IFAN Board.

The speakers Presentations can be found here


The 49th IFAN Members’ Assembly

We are pleased to announce that the 49th IFAN Members’ Assembly will take place on Tuesday 18 October 2022, in Berlin Germany, kindly hosted by IFAN member ANP and DIN.

Registration is now open, Members can register for the whole event and non-members can register for the morning workshop on Conformity Assessment only.

Members have been sent their registration documents and non-members can register here



IFAN Newsletter No 1 of 2022, now available

IFAN’s latest newsletter is now published [19 April] and includes an update on IFAN Working Groups, a report on IFAN’s latest video and an article ‘Words matter’.

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IFAN’s International Womens Day film - My favourite International Standard

In celebration of IWD, the IFAN webinar team have produced a short video.

The video features women in standardization - including IFAN Members - talking about their favourite International Standard.

With thanks to IFAN Members: Vivian Xia, CAS; Karen Reczek, SES; Sonya Bird, SES; Isabelle Heller, ACANOR;

Vered Oren, ISUS; Andrea Beddard-Smith, BSS.

And thanks also to our our friends: Athina Panayiotou, CYS; Eve Gadzikwa, SAZ; Noelia Garcia, ISO; Julie Hunter, CPIN; Elena Santiago, CEN-CENELEC; Guilaine Fournet, IEC


The video can be viewed on the IFAN YouTube Channel, the link is here


IFAN Newsletter No 2-2021, August

The second IFAN Newsletter of 2021 is now available, it contains a report on the IFAN Webinar; a review of ISO 45000 and an IFAN paper on publishing standards in small parts.

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48th IFAN Members’ Assembly

IFAN is pleased to announce that its 48th Members’ Assembly will be held on Wednesday 29 September 2021, with a start time of 7.00 BST & Kinshasa/ 8.00 CET/ 9.00 Tel Aviv/ 14.00 Beijing/ 17.00 Sydney/ 23.00 San Francisco/ 01.00 [30 Sept] Houston.

The 2021 MA will again be a virtual event.



IFAN Webinar: The importance of standards to business

The latest IFAN Webinar examines the benefits to users of getting involved with standardization. Our four panelists are Terry Hill (business leader in the technology sector and former Chair of the Arup Group), Tuvia Liberman (CTO of Teldor Cables and Systems Lts and Teldor Telecoms Ltd), Laurent Oberle (Socomec), and Ross Wraight (CEO of the Standards Group and IFAN President. Our moderator was Keith Wilson, IFAN Treasurer.

The recording can be watched on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmSQJaVKS5g



IFAN President speaks in Kinshasa Conference

On 13 April 2021 Ross Wraight, IFAN President spoke at a meeting organised by IFAN Member APROMEN. and held at the Federation of Enterprises of Congo [FEC] about the benefits to business of using standards.

The talk helped business leaders understand the concept of standardization, its importance to trade and the advantages to FEC members particularly in relation to the African Continental Free Trade Zone [ZLECAF].

Further details: Link here


IFAN Webinar on International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made by women, to call for change and to celebrate acts of  leadership by women, who have played an extraordinary role in standardization. The IFAN Webinar: Women Leadership in time of crisis was held on 8 March 2021 and seven women in standardization together IFAN Board Member and Moderator Vered Oren discussed their perspective on standardization during the Covid 19 Pandemic.

The recording can be watched on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoWfQvur5n8    


IFAN Newsletter 1-2021 published

The latest IFAN Newsletter is now available and has articles on the Teenagers Standardization Olympiad; News from IFAN Member APROMEN; Women in Standardization and the IFAN Webinar on International Women’s Day.

The Newsletter can be read here.


IFAN Welcomes new Board member and new Vice-President

On the 1st January 2021 Mr Bertin Ntumba Bululu joined the IFAN Board starting his first term of office. Mr Ntumba Bululu is President of Association pour la Promotion de la Métrologie et la Normalisation en République Démocratique du Congo (APROMEN), based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Mr Ntumba Bululu is keen to start an IFAN Africa Group and proposes to introduce IFAN to colleagues who are standards users in other African countries.

APROMEN recently held a ‘Standards Month’, and recalled the event in a Newsletter which can be read here.


Also on the 1st January Ms Claudia Bach began her first term as IFAN Vice President (Corporate), Ms Bach represents Society for Standards Professionals (SES) the IFAN member for the USA and Canada.

Ms Bach is Joint Chair of IFAN Working Group WG3 Standards Access and Distribution.


The IFAN European Group announces the publication of Guide 5

At the 47th IFAN Members’ Assembly the IFAN European group announced the publication of its new Guide 5 Introduction to the world of European standards for standards users.


This guide is intended to give some basic information on the European standardization system to the beginner, who has just started to work in an organization that uses standards.

Guide 5 can be downloaded here.

All IFAN Guides are available on the Publications tab.


IFAN Participates in ISO Members’ Webinar
As part of its 2020 virtual GA, ISO ran a series of Webinars for members and invited IFAN to participate in the first one: Meeting the needs of users. A report on this event will be in the next Newsletter.

The meeting can be viewed on YouTube at this link.











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