Standards are increasingly being used in support of European legislation and policies, and influence their implementation. However, the private nature of the European standardisation organisations combined with the voluntary nature of standards make the monitoring and control by legislators over the development of standards challenging. Moreover, the standard development process lacks transparency with civil society participation remaining sporadic, uncoordinated and insufficient, particularly at national level.
In order to support the implementation of the expected legislative and policy initiatives under the Circular Economy Action Plan, robust and reliable methods will need to be used. Our new paper shows that the standardisation system has the potential to offer those services in a wide range of sectors, as long as the methods delivered are appropriate and come in a timely manner.
The European Standardisation Organisations CEN and CENELEC are setting out to define their strategic ambitions for the coming decade, and are currently in the process of developing a common 2030 Strategy. As part of this process, their members and partners were consulted on defining a vision and mission statement, and identifying a preliminary set of strategic goals for further deliberation.
What role does civil society play in the standardisation system? How are environmental NGOs engaged in standards making? Join us for a short webinar, which will answer these questions and many more!