Javier García, general director of UNE, first Spanish in the direction of ISO
Javier Garcia, general director of the Spanish Association for Standardization (A), has been appointed the new Vice President of Technical Management at ISO, the International Organization for Standardization, thus becoming the first Spanish to hold this position. In this new role, García will have the responsibility of ensuring that the new international technical standards are aligned with the Strategy outlined by ISO for 2030, focused on giving an effective response to the major issues that concern society, such as the ecological and energy transition. digital transformation or compliance with the SDGs.
Specifically, the CEO of A will take office in 2022 and will exercise during the period 2023-2024. For Javier García, “it is an immense honor that the members of ISO have chosen me to lead the vice-presidency of Technical Management of this entity. For more than 25 years I have been working to support the essential role of technical standards in society and companies. I also want to thank the support of the members of UNE, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation. I am convinced that from this new position we will continue to promote the good name of the Spain brand ”.
Various positions of responsibility
The general director of UNE has an outstanding international recognition that is materialized in his various positions of responsibility in world and European organizations standardization. He is currently a member of the ISO Board of Directors, made up of 20 countries; a position that he will leave to assume his new responsibility as Vice President of Technical Management at ISO.
In addition, he has been technical vice president of the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) and a member of the Boards of Directors of the European Standardization Committees (CEN and CENELEC). He was also part of the Technical Council for Standardization of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).
The election of the vice president is carried out by vote among the members of ISO, by way of one vote per country. This fact is a sign of the reputation of UNE and of the quality of the standardization activity in our country. In this sense, 90% of ISO standardization committees and subcommittees are represented by Spanish experts.
ISO, made up of standards bodies from 165 countries, is responsible for creating and agreeing on global technical standards (also known as standards). Its role is to facilitate world trade and promote the development of good business management practices as well as innovation and safety of products and services.
Standards are a common language that allows products from different nations to follow the same consensual rules and have compatible designs. To do this, the organization relies on the knowledge of its experts and members. A clear example is the new accessible tourism standard (UNE-ISO 21902), published this year – which creates guidelines for companies and organizations in the sector to adapt to the special needs of this group – and which has been led by Spain ( through Fundación ONCE and UNE) as well as by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).