A finished standard carries a certain “weight” due to the esteem of the issuing organization. However, standards are written by human beings, and can contain all our noble aspirations and petty behaviors.
The year 2015 will see the publication of the new ISO/IWA 15 standard for automated pipetting systems, and important work to revise the ISO 8655 series of standards. Further revision of the current ASTM E1154 version (released 12/2014) is also planned.
Every October, World Standards Day pays tribute to the collaborative efforts of the thousands of experts worldwide who develop the voluntary technical agreements that are published as international standards.