In Asia, as in Europe, each industrialized nation has a national standards institute. Some well-known examples of these are Japan's Japanese Industrial Standards Committee (JISC), People's Republic of China's Chinese Association for Standards (CAS), and Australia's Standards Australia (SA). Some lesser known examples are Bapan Standardardisasi Nasional (BSN) in Indonesia and Korea Standards Institute (KSI) in Korea.

The dominance of certain industrial nations such as Japan and the United States as well as the need to promote international trade and industry have provided a driving force for many Asian countries to adopt ASTM, JISC, CEN, or ISO standards as international standards. Nonetheless, a JISC is an example of strong Asian standards organization, which is discussed in the following section.

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