Standards are published documents that establish specifications and procedures designed to maximise the reliability of products, materials and services people use every day. They are implemented in products used in nearly every facet of our lives, from aerospace and electronics to green technology, from transport to construction. Standards address a broad range of issues. They make products work better, make them compatible and able to interact with other products, and safeguard consumer safety. They simplify product development and speed up the time it takes for a product to get to market. In a nutshell, standards fuel the development and implementation of technologies that influence and transform the way we live, work and communicate.