The Regulation provides a legal basis to use European standards for products and services, identify ICT technical specifications, and finance the European standardisation process. It also sets an obligation for European Standardisation Organisations (CEN, CENELEC, ETSI) and National Standardisation Bodies on transparency and participation.
General guidelines for the co-operation between CEN, CENELEC, and ETSI, and the European Commission and the European Free Trade Association were adopted on 28 March 2003.
Vademecum on European Standardisation is a compilation of key documents from the Commission on European standardisation policy and related practice. It provides guidance without having legal status.