International Standardisation

Published: 24 January 2001

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

Orgalime's position on international standardisation has been drafted in the follow up to the European Council Resolution on the role of standardisation in Europe.

Orgalime, which has strongly supported and contributed to the success of the New Approach in the engineering sector attaches particular importance to the role of standardisation, both at a European level and internationally. This position also examines whether the New Approach could serve as a model at the international level.

We welcome the recognition by the Council of the increasing importance of international standardisation. While we firmly believe that European standardisation efficiently supports ISO and IEC standards as global standards, thus contributing actively to avoiding non-tariff barriers to trade, we wish to draw the attention of the Commission to a number of recent developments which we believe could threaten the status of IEC and ISO standards as global standards.

Finally, Orgalime would very much welcome being consulted by the Commission during the process of developing guidelines for a European standardisation policy in the international context as requested by the Council.

References: Council resolution of 28 October 1999

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