National standardization bodies (NSBs) in six European countries have launched online platforms that allow SMEs and other interested parties to access and comment on draft texts of European Standards. The six NBSs are partners in a project supported by the EU’s Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP).
The public enquiry is a vital stage in the development of a European Standard, as it allows a wide range of stakeholders to participate in the process. This is why CEN and CENELEC members want to make it as easy as possible for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and other interested parties to comment on the content of draft European standards.
As part of their ongoing efforts to improve the transparency of the European Standardization System, and in line with the provisions of the EU Regulation on European Standardization (1025/2012), CEN and CENELEC have encouraged their national members to provide online platforms that enable interested parties to access draft standards and submit comments via the internet.
This year, six national members of CEN and CENELEC have been able to provide online platforms for public commenting in the framework of a project coordinated by the CEN-CENELEC Management Centre with financial support from the EU’s Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP). The NSBs of Croatia (HZN), Czech Republic (UNMZ), Finland (SFS), Latvia (LVS), Norway (SN) and Spain (AENOR) are partners in this project.
Each of the participating NSBs has launched a user-friendly online platform, which can be accessed in the national language of the country concerned. These platforms are designed to make it easy for representatives of SMEs and other stakeholders to access the texts of draft European standards and submit their comments via the internet.
The six online platforms were developed in partnership with a company called 67 Bricks, which has already developed similar platforms for other members of CEN and CENELEC, using a tool called 'Revo'.
[Homepage of an online platform based on Revo (© 67 Bricks)]
The next phase of the project will focus on maintaining the online platforms and monitoring the use of these platforms in each of the six countries. The project is due to continue until the end of 2017.
Following the launch of online platforms by the six NSBs that are participating in the project supported by the EU CIP, a majority of CEN and CENELEC national members are now able to offer access to draft standards and submission of comments via the internet.
Links to online platforms provided by CEN Members participating in the project supported by the EU Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP):