Madrid, 24 September 2021. Javier García, the CEO of Spanish Association for Standardisation, UNE, has been appointed the new Vice-President of Technical Management of the ISO, the International Organization for Standardization, thus becoming the first Spaniard to hold this post.
In this new role, Javier García will be responsible for ensuring that the new international technical standards are consistent with the ISO's Strategy 2030, which is focused on providing an effective response to the major issues that concern society, such as the ecological and energy transition, the digital transformation and the implementation of the SDG.
García will take office in 2022 and hold it through the 2023-2024 period. As a result, Spain gains considerable influence in the development of standards at the international level, since he will play a decisive role in guiding the generation of new global standards.
As Javier García stated, "it is a great honour that the members of the ISO have chosen me to head this entity's Vice Presidency of Technical Management. For more than 25 years, I have been working to support the essential role of technical standards in society and corporations. I would also like to thank the members of the UNE, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation for their support. I am convinced that from this new position, we will continue to promote the good name of the Spanish brand".
The UNE's Managing Director is widely renowned internationally, as evidenced by his various positions of responsibility in global and European standardisation bodies. He is currently a member of the ISO Board of Directors, made up of 20 countries, a post he will leave to assume his new responsibility as Vice-President of Technical Management at the ISO. He has also been the 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 on the Technical Committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).
The Vice President is elected by votes cast by the ISO members, with one vote per country. This appointment is evidence of the UNE's reputation and of the quality of standardisation activity in our country. Moreover, Spanish experts are present on 90% of ISO standardisation committees and subcommittees.
The ISO, formed by the standardisation bodies of 165 countries, is responsible for creating and agreeing on global technical standards. Its function is to facilitate global trade and promote the development of best practices in business management, as well as innovation and product and service safety. Standards are a common language that allows products from different nations to adhere to the same agreed rules and to have compatible designs. To this end, the organisation relies on the knowledge of its experts and members. One clear example is the new accessible tourism standard (UNE-ISO 21902), published this year. It creates guidelines for companies and bodies in the sector to adapt to the special needs of this group, and was spearheaded by Spain (through the ONCE Foundation and the UNE), as well as by the World Tourism Organization (WTO).
Spain is an international leader in standardisation, and stands at the forefront in the development of global standards for accessibility, tourism, compliance, innovation, smart cities, and many other fields.
Javier García has been working in the Spanish standardisation body for 25 years, where he held various positions of responsibility before becoming its managing director in 2017. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry, a Master's Degree in Innovation Management, and a Postgraduate Degree in Business Administration and Marketing Management.