Success stories 

It is generally understood that innovation and standardization are mutually supportive. CEN and CENELEC contributed through two research studies to the body of evidence supporting this beneficial link.

A 2014 study performed by Optimat LtD in the context of the BRIDGIT project looked into the benefits of linking innovation and research. The study gave evidence that standards play a multiple, catalytic role in the innovation system. Please read the final report "Research Study on the Benefits of Linking Innovation and Standardization" (pdf format). A second study (2013) also commissioned by CEN and CENELEC demonstrates how standardization contributes to innovation in European-funded research projects. The study, led by the Technopolis research consultancy, analyses how different research projects have included standardization and the benefits this brings. Please read the final report of the 'Study on the contribution of standardization to innovation in European-funded research projects' (pdf format).

During the study by Technopolis, a number of case studies had been identified as ‘Success Stories’ where standardization had played a key role in overcoming any obstacles encountered in European research projects. In addition, a number of fact sheets are available of research projects thad had included standarization in their work plans. All of these case studies with an indication of the resulting standardization deliverable can be found below.

Advanced Manufacturing

  • FP7 - MUSIC - MUlti-layers control & cognitive System to drive metal and plastic production line for Injected Components
  • ENCASIT: The European Network for Coordination of Advanced System Integration was a two-year project focused on gathering and disseminating information on semiconductor and microelectronic assembly, with the aim of coordinating developments in the European electronics manufacturing industry.
    The project finished in December 2011, having developed a series of international standards that enable better communication between manufacturers, designers and suppliers in the co-design, procurement and use of semiconductor products.

    Standardization Title: IEC* 62258 - ‘semiconductor die products: requirements for procurement and use’

Bio Based Economy


  • FP7 - STARGRID - STandard Analysis supporting smart eneRgy GRID development
  • 2ndVegOil was a 3-year FP7 research project, which focused on the research, development and demonstration of a ‘second generation’ of vegetable oil-based fuels for use in advanced engines, particularly in the agricultural sector.
    The project finished in 2011, having demonstrated the viability and suitability of cleaned vegetable oils for use in advanced diesel engines. This resulted in a CEN Workshop Agreement for pure plant oil, which will meet the needs of the next generation of vegetable-oil based fuels.

    Standardization Title: CWA 16379, Fuels and biofuels — Pure plant oil fuel for diesel engine concepts — Requirements and test methods.


Green Industries



  • FP7 - MSEE - Manufacturing SErvice Ecosystem
  • ESTRELLA was an 18-month FP6  project. It brought together European companies and experts in legal knowledge systems to collaborate on the development, demonstration and dissemination of an innovative and open platform for sources of law.
    The project finished in 2008, having proposed and developed a European pre-standard for an open XML interchange format for legal and legislative resources. CEN MetaLex provides a generic framework that standardizes the manner in which sources and references are represented in XML, regardless of their jurisdiction. It opens up new markets for legal software providers and facilitates the manner in which users can access and consult legal texts.

    Standardization Title: CWA 15710:2007 Metalex 1

New Technologies


  • FP7 - CRISP - Evaluation and certification schemes for security products
  • FP7 - Driver - DRiving InnoVation in crisis management for European Resilience
  • SECUR-ED is a FP7 project involving stakeholders from across Europe. It seeks to create a European improvement in mass transportation security by developing and demonstrating a set of tools and processes, packaged as modular solutions. The project began in 2011 and is currently embarking on demonstrations to validate solutions. It will be completed in early 2014.
    Existing standards have formed the basis for project terminology and provided minimum requirements for the developing architecture – helping to ensure interoperability and uptake of project outputs. The consortium is also committed to supporting the ongoing evolution of standards, and is engaged in an iterative process with various standardization bodies. This ensures that best practices and interoperable solutions are at the heart of the project’s work, whilst any relevant lessons learnt are also fed back to support future standardization efforts.


  • FP7 - NGTC - Next Generation Train Control
  • FP7 - Acoutrain - Virtual certification of acoustic performance for freight and passenger trains
  • SMART-CM (Smart Container Chain Management) was a 3-year FP7 research project, which focused on the development of Container Security Devices (CSDs); technology that provides continuous monitoring of the status of container from door-to-door.
    The project finished in October 2011, having developed a CEN Workshop Agreement setting out specifications for CSDs and the communication of container security information between different stakeholders, which goes some way to achieving a global solution for secure intermodal supply chains.

    Standardization Title: CWA “Container Security & Tracking Devices - Technical Specifications and Communication Standards.”