Frequently Asked Question
1What is a standard?
A standard is...
- a document that provides requirements, specifications, guidelines or characteristics that can be used consistently to ensure that materials, products, processes and services are fit for their purposes;
- a document prepared and approved by recognised body and representing the broad consensus of input from experts from stakeholder interests, such as industry, government, business, research, test, and certification organizations, academia, consumer interests groups, etc.; Subject to review and amended in order to keep it up-to-date when new processes, services, or products are developed.
2What are the benefits of using standard?
- Using standards can offer a set of powerful business and marketing tools for organizations of all sizes. You can use them to fine-tune your performance and manage the risks you face while operating in more efficient and sustainable ways; they’ll allow you to demonstrate the quality of what you do to your customers; and they help you to see how to embed best practice into your organization.
- In a global economy of rapidly emerging new technologies and markets, standards help set the rules and establish the frameworks, making it easier to innovate successfully.
- The confident level of customer gained as the standards enhance the product quality.
3What are the responsibilities of MTIB in line with her roles as the SDA?
- Carrying out technical work with regards to standards development
- Producing the draft of the MS for the approval of the Government
- Establishing the infrastructure for standards development which may consists of technical committees which are represented by balanced stakeholders to ensure the credibility of the standards developed
4MTIB is playing an important role under the umbrella of ASEAN Consultative Committee on Standards and Quality (ACCSQ). Please STATE the committee which is related to timber under ACCSQ.
Task Force on Wood-Based Products (TFWBP).
5List four (4) active Technical Committees at International fora which are currently being participated by Malaysia for standardisation activities.
- ISO/TC 218 – Timber
- ISO/TC 165 – Timber Structures
- ISO/TC 89 – Wood-Based Panels
- ISO/TC 296 – Bamboo and Rattan