The value of standards

The value of standards

What is the difference between standards and regulations ?

Regulations are government documents and their application is mandatory for everyone. Standards, on the other hand, are applied voluntarily. They are therefore intrinsically not binding. Standards reflect good practices relating to a product, service, method or process. They are developed on the basis of consensus between the relevant stakeholders. Companies and organisations implement them to meet their customers’ quality and safety requirements. However, a standard may be made mandatory by a regulation, contract or technical specification. 

What is NBN ?

The Belgian Bureau of Standardisation (NBN) is the body responsible for developing and selling standards in Belgium. In addition, NBN organises training on the use of management standards. NBN represents the interests of Belgian standardisation stakeholder at Belgian, European and international levels.