CEN-CENELEC 'European Standardisation Strategy 2020'

Published: 25 February 2013

Policies & Issues: Internal Market - Compliance, Standards & Enforcement

Orgalime has always been and remains a major supporter of the European Standardisation System (ESS). Our industry stakeholders are by far the largest users of CEN and CENELEC catalogues of European and harmonised standards.  Manufacturing companies in the electrical, electronic, mechanical and metalworking fields are also the primary users of harmonised standards, especially those referenced in the OJEU under New Approach directives, such as those applicable to machinery, pressure equipment, gas appliances, low voltage equipment, electro-magnetic compatibility, radio equipment, measuring instruments, equipment working in explosive atmospheres, and a growing number of directives applying to eco-design, energy efficiency, recycling and the broader protection of the environment. 

We welcome the ambition of CEN and CENELEC to pave the way towards a modern, cost-effective and efficient standardisation in Europe and to world market access for European-based companies and appreciate being involved in the definition of their European Standardisation Strategy 2020. 

While we are supportive of many of the elements contained in the draft strategy document, we nevertheless have some concerns about the approach.

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