Civil Society – Improving, strengthening and legitimising the European Standardization System 

Standards are everywhere, from the products we buy and the places we live, to the services we receive. With standards playing a key role to protect consumers, workers and the environment, it is easy to see why civil society is needed in their development. Add to this the ability standards have to support the implementation of laws and policies, including in areas of public interest, and you quickly realise that civil society must be involved in standardization.

Three Partner Organizations of CEN and CENELEC, recognised as ‘Annex III Organizations’ under Regulation (EU) 1025/2012, have a special role in promoting the interests of civil society in the development of standards in Europe and internationally. These are:

  • ANEC – The European consumer voice in standardisation
  • ECOS – The European Citizens’ Environmental Organisation in Standardisation
  • ETUC – The European Trade Union Confederation

They all offer the expertise needed for better standards and bring balance to a standardization system which they legitimise through their participation and contributions.

For more information about their rights within the standards development process, please read the latest leaflet 'Civil Society – Improving, strengthening and legitimising the European Standardization System' (pdf format).