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Welcome to IFAN

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 50th Anniversary

In 2024 IFAN celebrates its 50th year as the International voice of Standards Users. As noted below we will be returning to Paris, where IFAN was founded, for our 50th Anniversary week.

The week runs from 22-27 September, with an International Conference on Tuesday 22 September, more details towards the end of June.

IFAN Board announcement

On 1st January 2024, our new President, Vered Oren, takes over from Ross Wraight, who will remain on the Board as Immediate Past President.

Also joining the Board  is Martin Conrads our new Treasurer, who is taking over from Keith Wilson, who we thank for his service.

Also on the 1st January Ms Vivian Xia joins the Board, taking over from Dr Bernhard Angermaier, who steps down after 2 terms of office, we give our thanks to Dr Angermaier for his service.

Dates for 2024 Members’ Assembly and Conference

In this our 50th year we are very pleased to announce that we will be returning to Paris for our Members Assembly, Conference and associated meeting.

IFAN was founded in 1974 at an International Conference of National Standards Users Organizations and was held in Paris.

New IFAN Membership category

At the 50th Members’ Assembly, IFAN members approved a new membership category of Individual Membership, this category is open to persons who use standards in their day-to-day work or are experts in the fields of standards and standardization. The application form is here.

IFAN is pleased to announce its next President will be Ms Vered Oren

We are pleased to announce the election of Mrs. Vered Oren as next President, effective January 1st, 2024. Vered Oren becomes the first woman to ascend to this prestigious position, marking a transformative moment in IFAN's history.

You can read the full press release here.

IFAN President Mr Ross Wraight made a statement following the 50th IFAN Members’ Assembly and Workshop, which can be watched on YouTube

IFAN 50th Members’ Assembly & Workshop

The 50th IFAN Members’ Assembly, which is held in IFAN 49th year, will take place on Thursday 7th September, kindly hosted by BSI and BSS in London.

The Workshop will be held in the morning is an open session and everyone with an interest in Standards for users and AI and Standards, can register, the draft Workshop Agenda can be found here.

A guest registration form can be found here.

SES Standards & Innovation Forum

IFAN Member, SES, are holding an online forum on Standards and Innovation on 13-14 September. The forum will focus on the Intersection of AI and Standards. Explore the role of industry, standards development organizations, and governments in standards and standardization at this two-day event. Discover more as we bring together a diverse group of speakers from various sectors with a variety of expertise. Read more, register or access the Agenda, here.

IFAN Webinar: ISO 45003 - Wellbeing at Work

In an ever-evolving world where well-being is paramount, our webinar dove deep into the subject of how ISO 45003 can revolutionize well-being in workplaces. The engaging sessions were moderated by Vered Oren, President, of the Israeli Standards Users Society (ISUS), and  led by prominent figures in the industry who shared their invaluable expertise

The webinar can be viewed here

Report on IFAN International Survey Published

We are pleased to announce the results of our International Survey have been published.

In the survey we sought insights from companies that use standards in their day-to-day operations. The responses we received that provided us with a clear understanding of the current trends and preferences in industry.

Here is a short PDF, describing the findings.

If you would like a copy of the full report, please email: and we would be delighted to send you a copy.

IFAN Newsletter May 2023 published

The May Newsletter is now available, this issue has a focus on standards education and training, as well as a report on the 2023 SES Conference and International Women’s Day activities.

To read it please click on this link.

IFAN Guide 3 Revision

The 2023 revision of IFAN Guide 3 Guidelines to assist members of standards committees in preparing user-friendly European Standards, has been revised to include advice on gender equality and gender responsive standards. Please go to publications section of the website to download a copy.

International Women’s Day 2023

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we have made a short video, please click here to view.

IFAN Webinar: The changing needs of Standards Users -Strategic Standardization

The webinar is now available to view on YouTube by clicking here

An abstract, details of speakers can be found by clicking here

IFAN Newsletter December 2022, now available

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

Please click her to download a copy

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 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’.

Please click here to download a copy

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.

Please click here to download a copy

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:

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:    

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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