Joining our efforts to improve inclusiveness in the international standardisation system the European Commission organised on 29 May a meeting between the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) on the one hand, and the civil society and SME stakeholders ECOS, ANEC, ETUC and SBS on the other. The meeting aimed at discussing the opportunities and challenges that civil society organisations such as ECOS face at international level when trying to engage in the work of ISO and the IEC.
ECOS has faced a number of barriers for participating in standardisation activities at the international level, including even when the work is taking place in relation to a standardisation request by the European Commission to support European legislation. Recently the IEC has declined to allow ECOS involvement in two technical committees covering core aspects of ECOS work areas – the use of hazardous flame retardants, and the use of fluorinated greenhouse gases as refrigerants.
ECOS will continue to push for improved participation in standardisation at the international level, no least as more and more standards are being developed at the international level, and protection of the environment is a global issue that needs to take place at all levels.
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