24 September 2015

An effective contribution of societal stakeholders to ensure good quality standards

ECOS, ANEC and ETUC, the three organisations representing the societal interests in standardisation, have just made concrete recommendations to the governance bodies of CEN, CENELEC and ETSI on how to make the standardisation system more transparent and inclusive.

Among other points, our organisations call for the establishment of a separate category of membership for societal stakeholders’ organisations within CEN, CENELEC and ETSI, combined with granting improved rights which will allow for our effective participation, including:

  • Unlimited access to standardisation work and to all existing standards and other deliverables;
  • A “voting” right allowing societal organisations to provide a formal opinion on a draft standard;
  • An unrestricted right to appeal against any standard that is considered to pose risks to the society or the environment;
  • Access without charge to standardisation work;
  • Support to ensure the effective participation of the societal stakeholders in international standardisation;
  • Tailor-made training tools for societal stakeholders.

We hope the European Standardisation Organisations will agree to engage in a constructive dialogue and discuss concrete actions.

The Joint paper by ECOS, ANEC, and ETUC is available to read here

ECOS is co-funded by the European Commission and EFTA

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