Five years have passed since the adoption of EU Regulation 1025/2012 on European Standardisation. This Regulation sets out to allow the voices of societal stakeholders (environment, consumers, workers) and SMEs to be represented in the standardisation system with support from the European Union. On October 10, SBS, representing the SMEs in standardisation, held an event looking back at the past five years, and also making proposals for the future.
Although the regulation has opened doors for for SMEs to participate in standardisation, they expressed that they still face many challenges for their voice to be truly heard in the process. SBS calls for a standardisation system where stakeholders can compete on an equal footing. In particular they believe rules should be adapted to the specific characteristics of SMEs to enable them to contribute most effectively.
Noting the even greater challenges civil society organisations faces in the standardisation process, ECOS joins the call of SMEs’ for greater transparency and inclusiveness in the system.