Marking World Standards Day: ITC Publications on Standards

14 October 2016
ITC News
Standards-related publications are free on ITC's online publications catalogue, sometimes in several languages.
Marking World Standards Day, the International Trade Centre provides a selection of online publications, including its latest flagship report on standards and competitiveness; quality management; voluntary standards; non-tariff measures; and packaging-related standards.MEETING THE STANDARD FOR TRADE

With standards, businesses increase their chances to connect to international value chains and consumers in a socially and environmentally sustainable manner.

SME Competitiveness Outlook 2016 – Meeting the Standard for Trade

SME Competitiveness Outlook 2015 – Connect, Compete and Change for Inclusive Growth

Related Academic Papers

ITC assessment of the technology level of exports: Methodology and analytical issues

Technical regulations affect exporters’ performance: Firm level evidence from developing countries

Impact of NTMs on SMEs in Tunisia

Exploring Voluntary Sustainability Standards using ITC Standards Map

How do NTMs affect countries’ participation in international value chains?


Export Quality Management: A Guide for Small and Medium-Sized Exporters 2nd Edition (English/French/Spanish/Arabic/Swahili)

Export Quality Management: National Guide on Jordan

Export Quality Management: National Guide on State of Palestine

Export Quality Management: National Guide on Nepal (to be published)

Export Quality Management: National Guide on Egypt (to be published)

Influencing and Meeting International Standards (Volume One) (English/French/Spanish)

Influencing and Meeting International Standards (Volume Two) (English/French/Spanish)

Road Map for Quality Guidelines for the Review of the Standardization, Quality Management, Accreditation and Metrology Infrastructure at National Level

Innovations in Export Strategy: A Strategic Approach to the Quality Assurance Challenge 

ITC-ISO publications

ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems

ISO 22000 Food Safety Management Systems: An Easy-to-Use Checklist for Small Business (English/French/Spanish)

ISO 9001:2000 - A Workbook for Service Organizations

ISO 50001: Energy management Systems – A practical guide for SMEs

ISO 31000: Risk management – A practical guide for SMEs

Building linkages for export success: Trade Promotion Organizations and National Standards Bodies Working Together  (English/French/Spanish)

ISO 9001 for Small Businesses: What to do - Advice from ISO/TC 176 (English/French)

Technical Regulations - Recommendations for Their Elaboration and Enforcement 

Quality management bulletins

Traceability in food and agricultural products (English)

An Introduction to ISO 26000 and Social Responsibility (English)

5S: Good Housekeeping Techniques for Enhancing Productivity, Quality and Safety at the Workplace (English)

Building Technical Infrastructures to Support Sustainable Development and Trade (English - French -Spanish)

Exporting Seafood to the EU (English - French  - Spanish)

Information Retrieval on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (English)

Introduction to ISO 22000: Food Safety Management (English)

An introduction to HACCP (English)

Directory of Marks and Labels Related to Food Safety, Environmental Integrity and Social Equity (English)

An Introduction to Ecolabelling (English)

Manual of Model Procedures and Guidance Notes on the Implementation of the WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) (English - French Spanish)

Introduction to ISO 14000: Environmental Management Systems (English - French -Spanish)

Legal Metrology (English)

Invisible thin line: Quality assurance and well-being of the world (English French -Spanish)

Overview of Conformity Assessment in International Trade (English French Spanish)


The Invisible Barriers to Trade – How Businesses Experience Non-Tariff Measures

Making regional integration work – Company perspectives on non-tariff measures in Arab States (English/Arabic/French)

Regulatory and procedural barriers to trade in Kazakhstan (English/Russian)

Non-Tariff Measures and the Fight against Malaria

Taxing Health: The relevance of tariff revenue from anti-malarial commodities

ITC Series on Non-Tariff Measures: Company Perspectives:

Burkina Faso (French)

State of Palestine

Guinea (French)



Côte d’Ivoire (French)






Morocco (French)

Paraguay (Spanish)


Peru (Spanish)



Sri Lanka

The United Republic ofTanzania

Trinidad and Tobago

Tunisia (French)

Uruguay (Spanish)

Indonesia (forthcoming)


Social and Environmental Standards: Contributing to More Sustainable Value Chains

The State of Sustainable Markets 2015

The State of Sustainable Markets 2016 (forthcoming) 

ISO 50001 – Energy Management System: A practical Guide for SMEs

ISO 90001:2008 Diagnostic Tool

Influencing Sustainable Sourcing Decisions in Agri-Food Supply Chains

The Interplay of Public and Private Standards – Part III of Literature Review

When Do Private Standards Work – Part IV of Literature Review

The Chinese Market for Clothing

The Coffee Sector in China: An overview of Production, Trade and Consumption

The North American market for fresh fruits and vegetables: Import regulations and quality requirements

Labelling of Natural Products: The United States Market

Labelling of Natural Products: The United States Market (Spanish)

The North American Market for Natural Products: Prospects for Andean and African Products

Trends in the Trade of Certified Coffees

Trends in the Trade of Certified Coffees (French)

Trends in the Trade of Certified Coffees (Spanish)


Market Analysis for Three Peruvian Natural Ingredients

Packaging for Organic Foods