Codes & Standards


The Codes and Standards indicator provides information on the level of engagement that a country’s national standards body has with the international standards community. Most countries implement building and life-safety or fire codes to communicate and enforce minimum design and construction standards. Standards provide more detailed requirements for materials, components, products, and systems. There are clear connections between the advancement of individual codes and standards and the increased safety of products, systems, and processes; thus, using codes and standards to advance safety is a logical extension of safety efforts. Engagement with the international standards community ensures that best practices in standards development, technical innovation and harmonization are used to improve national standards.

The Codes and Standards Indicator (CSI) measures the level of participation and engagement in national, regional, and global codes and standards development activities. Countries are awarded points based on their membership in regional and international standards development organizations (e.g., International Organization for Standardization, or ISO) and for their participation in standards technical committees. This score also includes points for the adoption of building, life safety, fire, and electrical codes at the national or state level.

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