Are standards mandatory? No, whether you use standards is up to you. Because using standards is, by definition, voluntary. A standard is an agreement about a product or service, process or method. It is a consensus between the parties involved: producers, sectors and governments. Standards stand for quality - they reflect good craftsmanship.
So within your organisation , you decide whether to apply standards. Nevertheless, the government may set certain standards as legal requirements. These are usually safety or health regulations. Such as the compulsory CE marking on machinery, toys or building materials. That marking is the guarantee that a product meets the minimum requirements.
In a B2B environment, conformity to standards is common practice. For example, specifications for construction or government contracts state which standards a product or service must meet. As a supplier, can't you guarantee that? Then you are out of the boat for that project anyway.
Labels such as Biogarantie or FSC also have a contractual obligation. Do you want to carry the label? Then you must meet the various standards that apply.
Applying standards leads to greater efficiency and better quality. And that saves you money. They also make other markets more accepting of your product or service. They therefore promote free movement and offer you export opportunities. Some standards describe safety requirements: for consumers and employees or for sustainability and the environment. All this together increases customer satisfaction.
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