Anyone can participate in developing standards. Standardization work is voluntary and consensus based.
The purpose of standards is to benefit the society as a whole. Mutually accepted terms and definitions expedite work, decrease the risk for mistakes, and help to improve the achieved results in all fields from industry to trade and research. Using standards ensures that products, services and methods are appropriate for their intended use.
In Finland, standardization activities have been distributed among the 12 affiliates of SFS, and, as the central organization, SFS supports their standardization work. SFS and its affiliates co-ordinate the participation of Finnish stakeholders in the international standardization work.
SFS is a member of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and represents Finland in both CEN and ISO.