23 July 2015

The Future of Standardisation

The current EU political context promotes the principle of “Better Regulation” and views standards as an important tool that can support EU legislation and policies, including in areas of public interest. Moreover, the use of standards is also seen as a means to reduce legislation and red tape.

In this paper, ECOS provides recommendations for a future-proof standardisation system, which would contribute to the protection of the environment and the welfare of European citizens.

In particular, ECOS calls for:

  • A sound, reasonable and coherent use of standards in support of, not in replacement of legislation and policies which are more appropriate and effective to address societal and environmental challenges such as resource efficiency or climate change,
  • A balanced representation of interests and effective participation of societal stakeholders in standardisation at national and European levels,
  • The establishment of a separate category of partnership for societal stakeholders’ organisations within the European Standardisation Organisations (ESOs), combined with the allocation of appropriate rights including a formal right of opinion at the time of final adoption of a standard,
  • The acceleration of the standards’ development process which does not negatively impact the principle of inclusiveness,
  • Priority given to European standardisation for the development of standards mandated by the European Commission for the implementation of legislation and policies,
  • The promotion of the principles of transparency and inclusiveness in international standardisation,
  • The increase use of standards in support of public interests policy justifies and legitimises the interests and pleas of societal stakeholders in the ESS, especially those spelled out in this ECOS paper.

The paper is available to read here

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ECOS is co-funded by the European Commission and EFTA

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