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Incorporating science into the European standardisation system

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The JRC is addressing the challenges of standardisation in a two-day event, with a special focus on Eco-Innovation. Organised jointly with the European Association of Research and Technology Organisations (EARTO), the European Standards Organisations (CEN and CENELEC) and the European Commission Directorate-General Enterprise and Industry, this initiative aims at linking the science, industry, standards and policy-making communities in order to facilitate the screening of emerging areas and identify early needs for standards.

The benefits of standards for the European industry can be tremendous. They lead to cost reductions or cost savings derived from economies of scale, the possibility to anticipate technical requirements, the reduction of transaction costs and the possibility to access standardised components. Well designed and timely European standards also support innovation. In addition, they facilitate access to foreign markets and global business partners, being a cornerstone of both, the EU´s internal market and international trade arrangements.

Yesterday´s roundtable was focused on the role of science in the standardisation process. Today the event  will focus on eco-innovation, aiming at establishing an agenda for action in this field by identifying the needs of industry and cross-checking those with the work plans of the standardisation organisations and examining where science needs to come into the process.

During his conclusions, JRC Director-General, Dominique Ristori, highlighted that by better incorporating science into the European standardisation system the needs of the European economy can be better addressed. He called for scientists to be actively included in all stages of the standardisation process to a greater extent than at present and to ensure that they are better aware of the system and its benefits. He added that it is important to made a point about the benefits of

internationalising European standards, which can be crucial for Europe´s competitiveness.

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