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Feedback on guidance document on the implementation of the standardisation regulation

We're looking for feedback from stakeholders on the guidance document that will be issued on the practical aspects of implementing the standards regulation.

The guidance document is the third action announced in the November 2018 communication, 'Harmonised standards: Enhancing transparency and legal certainty for a fully functioning Single Market'. 

In relation to the third action, the communication states, 'The Commission will elaborate over the next months in consultation with stakeholders, a guidance document on practical aspects of implementing the standardisation regulation, paying particular attention to the division of roles and responsibilities in the development process of harmonised standards as well as to efficiency and speed.'

We have also published a note describing the objective, scope and planned structure of the guidance document.

We are now looking for comments on this note or the guidance document.

Please send your feedback to: GROW-B3@ec.europa.eu (the Standardisation Unit at the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs) by 27 September 2019.

Background

The communication provides an overview of the functioning of the European standardisation system and takes stock of the initiatives launched in recent years to support the implementation of Regulation (EU) 1025/2012 on European standardisation, including relevant case law from the Court of Justice of the European Union.

The communication explained the steps recently taken by the Commission to further improve the system and included 4 specific actions to be taken by the Commission in the immediate future. The purpose of these actions is to enhance efficiency, transparency and legal certainty for actors involved in the development of harmonised standards.