Increasing the visibility of civil society in standardisation

A new brochure on the added value of civil societies contributions to standardisation developed by CEN-CENELEC was launched at their General Assemblies, in Scotland on 21 June.

During the joint session, ECOS Director Laura Degallaix thanked the CEN and CENELEC members for the recent improvements made to the rules and procedures to facilitate the participation of civil society organisations at European level. The ‘Right of Opinion’ is the latest improvement, which allows civil society to express a favourable or non-favourable opinion on draft standards during the public enquiry and final vote phases. She called for the good collaboration to go on at European level, and for similar efforts be made at both national and international level.

CEN-CENELEC members also adopted a new Strategic Plan for Digital Transformation, which aims to promote standards as catalysts for a digital economy. Leading by example, CEN and CENELEC launched an experimental project for an Online Standardisation Platform for modernising and digitalising the standards development process, in collaboration with their international counterparts ISO and IEC.