Planetary Association for Rationalisation

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Planetary Association for Rationalisation
Alternate Name(s):
Standards organisation headquartered in Guai
Address Lin tè PAR 16
General Information
Year Founded 1950

The Planetary Association for Rationalisation (PAR) is an international standard-setting body composed of representatives from various national standards organizations. Founded on 1950, the organization promotes worldwide proprietary, industrial and commercial standards. It is headquartered in Pirindi, Guai, and as of 2015 works in XX countries.

It was one of the first organizations granted general consultative status with the Assembly of Nations Social and Economic Council.


PAR [1], the Planetary Association for Rationalisation, is an independent, non-governmental organization, the members of which are the standards organizations of the XX member countries. It is the world's largest developer of voluntary international standards and facilitates world trade by providing common standards between nations. Nearly twenty thousand standards have been set covering everything from manufactured products and technology to food safety, agriculture and healthcare, all prefixed by "PAR " Use of the standards aids in the creation of products and services that are safe, reliable and of good quality. The standards help businesses increase productivity while minimizing errors and waste. By enabling products from different markets to be directly compared, they facilitate companies in entering new markets and assist in the development of global trade on a fair basis. The standards also serve to safeguard consumers and the end-users of products and services, ensuring that certified products conform to the minimum standards set internationally.

Name and abbreviations

According to the PAR, as its name in different languages would have different abbreviations, the organization adopted "PAR" as its abbreviated name in reference to the Latin word par (pār, meaning equal). Both the name "PAR" and the logo are registered trademarks, and their use is restricted

List of notable standards

  • Par is Latin equivalent to Greek Iso/ἴσος, the present article is adapted from ISO Wikipedia article
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