Market Relevance of Standards

Published: 29 May 2007

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

In Orgalime’s view, the first goal and priority of the standardisation organisations should be to bring standardisation closer to the market and to provide high-quality standards which address the needs of the main stakeholders of the standardisation process, i.e. the product manufacturers, including systems suppliers and service providers, and their customers.

Consequently, before adopting a new work item, an evaluation of its market relevance is essential. Market relevance criteria should address the technological impact (e.g. bringing coherence to systems and emerging technologies), the economic dimension (removal of barriers to trade, international market access) and the potential to facilitate compliance to EU legislation.

Orgalime invites the standardisation organisations, and particularly CEN and CENELEC, to consider these suggestions in their working procedures, in order to provide a better service to the industry and other relevant stakeholders.

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