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Standardisation is a voluntary cooperation for the development of technical specifications based on consensus among stakeholders. Standards play an essential role in areas such as interoperability, privacy and accessibility thereby supporting market acceptance and the efficient and effective use of ICT applications and services.

The ICT standardisation landscape has dramatically changed over the last decade or so with the rise to prominence of industry organisations (fora and consortia) some of which have become established as leading ICT standards development bodies.

In accordance with the procedure established in Article 13 of Regulation (EU) No 1025/2012 on European Standardisation, the Commission has adopted a Decision identifying six of the most relevant and most widely accepted ICT technical specifications issued by fora and consortia for referencing in public procurement.

COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING DECISION on the identification of ICT technical specifications eligible for referencing in public procurement.#


Consultation of sectoral experts in the context of the identification of ICT Technical Specification UBL 2.1

To enable further interoperability between devices, applications, data repositories, services and networks, public authorities should make the best use of the full range of relevant technical specifications when procuring hardware, software and information technology services.
 Article 13 of Regulation 1025/2012 on European standardisation provides the Commission with the possibility to identify ICT Technical specifications in order to be referenced in public procurement.
The European Multi-stakeholder Platform on ICT Standardisation, which includes European standardisation organisations, Member States and relevant stakeholders, has evaluated the OASIS Universal Business Language version 2.1 (UBL 2.1) ICT technical specification against the criteria set out in Annex II of Regulation 1025/2012 and has given a positive advice to its identification by the Commission (see evaluation  report).
To provide the Commission with the best evidence base for its Decision, a number of relevant experts are asked to submit written comments on the questions raised in the questionnaire below.
The consultation of experts will be open from 4 July 2014 to 4 August 2014.
View the questionnaire

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