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Alexey Abramov, Head of Rosstandart, and Adrian O'Connell,
CEO of Standards Australia (hereinafter, SA), the Australian national standardization body, held a video conference meeting. The parties discussed the prospects for the standardization development.

The Russian party was also represented by Anton Shalaev, Deputy Head of Rosstandart, and Maria Pishchulina, Head of Administrative and External Relations Department, where the Australian party was represented by Adam Stingemore, Karen Batt, Pamela Tarif, Torrin Marquardt, who are responsible for SA international engagement.

The parties discussed priorities in the development of standardization in the context of rapid digitalization of all business processes. The COVID-19 pandemic has boosted digitalization from a medium-term development perspective into today's reality.

Australia and Russia discussed the development of national standards systems and agreed that in the current environment the standards consumer is turning into a client. Today the providers of standardization infrastructure (development environment, regulation of distribution conditions) should be extremely customer-focused. The main task is to provide technical information required by businesses in time and in the correct format.

According to Alexey Abramov, Russia and Australia have basic opportunities to develop digital competencies in standardization, such as a competitive economy, a high level of education and experience in the digital technologies implementation.

“Russia has identified a number of priorities in the development of standardization: the development of an ecosystem where every expert will be able to influence the content of standards in a modern comfortable information environment. It is not about the standards development process automation, as this has already been implemented by today, but the next step where the evolution of the information environment would give the developer the maximum opportunity to influence the content of the standard in a remote format,” added the Head of Rosstandart.

The parties also discussed issues of international standardization, in particular, the issues of ISO and IEC. ISO and IEC are organizations with a rich history and tradition, but in a changing world they should adapt to new economic realities. The future of international standardization depends on the timeline for the critical mass of national standards bodies—members of ISO and IEC, ready to implement the digital agenda.

Alexey Abramov stressed that today the management structure of a dynamically developing business already has a person responsible for digital transformation and outlined that it is necessary to introduce a similar position in the governing bodies of ISO and IEC. Traditional business models for developing and distributing standards are becoming less effective as standards are implemented at the level of software products developed by organizations. This is transforming the distribution model for standards and their electronic copies. ISO and IEC have a number of projects that deal with machine-readable and machine-understandable standards.

Adrian O'Connell emphasized that ISO and IEC should distribute their digital solutions to the community. The parties also agreed that the pandemic had an impact on the entire quality infrastructure. Thus, a number of countries have implemented certification and supervision procedures in a remote format.

Today international interaction has transformed into a digital format, which enables rapid exchange of expert opinions. The next step will be to overcome the language barrier in order to develop standardization competitive documents in time. However, the respective key tools and development areas are to be identified yet. These issues are included in the agenda of the upcoming 43rd General Assembly of the Asia-Pacific Standardization Congress to be held in May 2021 in Vladivostok.

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