What is a Standard?

A standard is a document stating technical specifications for a product or service to ensure it is suited for its intended use.

A standard is a document stating technical specifications for a product to ensure it is suited for its intended use. The standard addresses various characteristics of a product, such as: materials, structure, dimensions, operation, marking and packing. Some standards specify testing methods, terms and content.


Preparation of standards is the responsibility of the Standards Division which operates hundreds of public committees, whose members represent diverse economic sectors, including manufacturers, contractors, scientific and research bodies and testing laboratories, among others.


Whom do the standards benefit?


Standards serve as an important auxiliary tool for maintaining product quality and uniformity of dimensions, weights, markings, terms, etc.
Standards provide guidance for performing various types of work and are of greatest importance for public safety and health. Standards are used by all sectors of the economy, particularly the industrial sector, construction sector, consumer sector, government ministries and various commercial organizations.


Official Standard


An Israel Standard as prepared by the Standards Institution of Israel is a voluntary standard. The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Employment may, following consultation with representatives of manufacturers and consumers, declare and publish in the Official Gazette, all or part of a particular standard as an official (binding) Israel Standard, if such is necessary to attain one of the following objectives:

  • Maintaining public health
  • Maintaining public safety
  • Protecting environmental quality
  • Providing information, whenever there is no information or alternative mechanism that may provide protection for consumer
  • Ensuring product compatibility or substitutability
  • Preventing significant economic damage that could be caused to the consumer as a result of using systems, materials or products used in construction that are visible, as well as preventing economic damage that could be caused to the consumer due to use of construction materials that are not visible.

 

Obligation to maintain an official standard

 

A product covered by a standard that has been officially declared, may not be manufactured, sold, imported or used to carry out work whose technical process rules process have been designated as an official standard, except if the product or its manufacturing process has been adapted to the requirements of the official standard.


The Head of Standardization in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Employment is responsible for compliance with the provisions of the official standard. The person responsible may, at any reasonable time, conduct an inspection to examine whether the provisions of the Standards Law have been fulfilled. In the course of the inspection, any person authorized for such by Head of Standardization, may take a sample of any product for testing, as well as seize and hold any item regarding which there is cause to assume that a violation of the provisions of the Standards Law has been committed. The engineers of the Head of Standardization in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Employment conduct investigations following initiated inspections or complaints, and should these reveal a violation of the Standards Law, legal procedures are initiated against owners of businesses, importers or manufacturers.