1228 International Cooperation

International cooperation in standards often results only when it becomes obvious that differences in national and regional standards present serious technical barriers to engineering, economic, or trade efforts. The resulting cooperative efforts are aimed more at "harmonizing" (i.e., rationalizing and resolving similarities and differences) existing national/regional standards to create a mutually agreeable international standard rather than in creating new international standards without regard to existing standards. ISO is the most apparent example of international standardization efforts.

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