International Federation of Standards Users

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IFAN in brief


The International Federation of Standards Users is an independent, not-for-profit international association of

concerned with the use of standards.

NOTE: IFAN does not include associations whose membership is concerned with the end use of products and services complying with standards.

IFAN was founded in 1974 when eleven national standards organizations met in Paris for an International Conference.


The objectives of IFAN, inter alia, include the following: -

The promotion of uniform implementation of standards without deviation and develop solutions to standards users’ problems without itself drawing up standards.

- The consolidation of standards users’ interests and views on all aspects of standardization and conformity assessment, and to cooperate with international and regional standardizing bodies (e.g. ISO, IEC, ITU, CEN, CENELEC, COPANT, etc.) in order to communicate user views to these organizations.

- The promotion of networking in the field of international standardization and conformity assessment.


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