European Standardisation Organisations (ESOs) and national standardisation bodies (NSBs) are obliged to establish work programmes and make them publicly available. They must notify the European Commission and other stakeholders of their existence.
The Commission has been working with standardisers, industry and EU countries to maximise the availability of masks, gloves, gowns and other medical supplies. On 20 March 2020, CEN and CENELEC, in collaboration with all their members, agreed to immediately make available a number of European standards for medical devices and personal protective equipment. This helps companies willing to manufacture these items to swiftly start production and place products on the internal market more easily, while ensuring a high degree of safety.
In June 2020, the Commission published an addendum to the 2020 Rolling plan on ICT standardisation which identifies various types of standardisation actions which may be taken to protect EU citizens, including contact tracing applications and their interoperability, security and privacy. It highlights domains where ICT standards can be useful for preparing for possible future pandemics and supporting the societal and economic recovery of Europe.
The notification system was set up to inform stakeholders about policy actions related to European standards. It helps ensure proper consultation and market relevance before the action is taken. The obligation to publish information on a website stems from Regulation (EU) No 1025/2012.
The purpose of this webpage is to
- notify stakeholders about policy actions related to European standardisation (Article 12)
- publish information on Commission implementing decisions after formal objections to harmonised standards (Article 11(2))
Any updates to this webpage can be followed by an RSS feed
Categories of notified policy actions
- Latest update of the notification system
- Annual Union Work Programme for European standardisation
- Possible future standardisation requests to European standardisation organisations*
- Formal objections to harmonised standards*
- Article 24 Reports
- Identifications of ICT technical specifications
- Delegated acts to modify Annexes I or III of Regulation (EU) No 1025/2012
- Joint initiative on standardisation
- Other actions
- Work programmes of national standardisation bodies notified
*Since July 2016, a 4-week 'deadline for feedback' is set for notifications in categories II and III.
I. Annual Union Work Programme for European standardisation
Notifications on Union Work Programme
2020 Annual Union Work Programme
2019 Annual Union Work Programme
2018 Annual Union Work Programme
2017 Annual Union Work Programme
2016 Annual Union Work Programme
II. Possible future standardisation requests to European standardisation organisations
Notifications on draft standardisations requests (Mandates)
Other information on overall planning
III. Formal objections to harmonised standards
Notifications on pending objections
Other information on pending objections
- (to be added)
IV. Article 24 Reports
V. Identifications of ICT technical specifications
Notifications on draft identifications
The Commission's intentions to identify ICT technical specifications are notified to and consulted with the ICT Standardisation policy multi-stakeholder platform (MSP). See ICT standardisation.
Identified ICT technical specifications
VI. Delegated acts to modify Annexes I or III of Regulation (EU) No 1025/2012
No notifications available
VII. Joint initiative on standardisation
The Joint Initiative on Standardisation (4MB) - document signed in Amsterdam on 13 June 2016 and in Brussels on 12 July 2016
Participants of the Joint Initiative on Standardisation (as of 14 December 2017)
VIII. Other actions
Scoreboard for the work programmes of standardisation bodies
The scoreboard for the work programmes of standardisation bodies is a Commission initiative which aims to ensure transparency of the European standardisation system and proper and coherent application of Article 3 of Regulation (EU) No 1025/2012.