National standardization bodies are invited to participate in the development activities of international, regional and subregional standards. Through membership, countries can contribute to and influence the standards that are more important to their economies and receive early warning of future standards. Implementing international standards brings significant benefits to all countries:
- by avoiding waste of resources to "reinvent the wheel"
- transfer of state-of-the-art technology know-how
- providing manufacturing criteria reasoning choices when evaluating imports, whether technology products or consumers
- safeguarding public health and safety by establishing a basis for the requirements for the application of products or imported in these restricted areas
- Providing internationally accepted specifications that can be applied to the development, manufacture and marketing of local services and products, which increases the country's ability to compete on export worldwide.
In addition to the above benefits, by participating in the development of international standards, developing countries can achieve others, such as the possibility of:
- acquire technological know-how directly
- influence the technical content of standards important to their economy
- Gain "practical" experience in standardization work that can be used to strengthen their national infrastructures.
At international level, the organizations of major international standards are ISO, IEC and ITU. As part of the SPS / WTO / TBT Agreement. Specific organizations of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, OIE and IPPC are also important.
Burundi Bureau of Standards and Quality Control (BBN) is a corresponding member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Corresponding member is usually an organization in a country that does not yet have a fully developed national standards business. Corresponding members do not take an active part in technique and policy making work, but have the right to be fully informed about the work of interest to them.
BBN wishes to be a corresponding member of the International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML) and is again participating in the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Country Affiliate Program, which is a free program for developing countries to encourage them to participate actively in the development of international standards.