Launch event: New framework of harmonized standards (HAS) consultants 

Different stakeholders from the European standardization community gathered at the European Commission on 26 February for the launch event of the new system of harmonized standards (HAS) consultants that will become reality as from 1 April 2018. The aim of the new system is to improve the quality and the timely availability of safety standards for products being placed on the Single Market.

Mr Radek MALY, Head of Unit in DG GROW B3 "Standards for Growth” thanked CEN and CENELEC for the tremendous job done during the last years. The new framework for the HAS consultants created by the European Commission is one of the elements of the Joint Action Plan which aims to decrease the stock of non-cited harmonized standards agreed between the European Standardization Organizations (ESOs) and the Commission. It will replace the current system of New Approach Consultants, for the joint assessment of harmonized standards in the sense of art. 10(5) of regulation EU/1025/2012.

The HAS consultants act as intermediaries between Technical Committees and the relevant Commission’s services. More specifically, they will assess to what extent documents drafted by the ESOs comply with the European Commission's standardization requests, as well as to what extent they deal with (and support) relevant essential or other requirements set out by the related EU harmonization legislation.

Thus, the aim of this new framework is to reinforce the communication between the Commission and the consultants, bringing them closer to the EC and creating more coherency and transparency of the assessment process in the different sectors. All this in order to provide the best possible services for the CEN & CENELEC technical committees.

For this exercise, the Commission has appointed Ernst & Young as a contractor, in charge of the team of Harmonized Standards Consultants (HAS Consultants). They will act as facilitators ensuring the administrative support, as well as the horizontal coherence of the process. Additionally, they will draw lessons learnt and suggest improvements where necessary.

A call for Expression of Interest for consultants with expertise in harmonised standards is now open:

More information on the selection requirements and how to apply are available via

The deadline for applications for the first round of selections is 11 March 2018, 12.00pm CET.

A dedicated 10-10 webinar on the implementation of the new HAS consultant system will take place on 10 April 2018, 10:00 CET. It will highlight similarities and differences of interest for the work of the technical bodies. You can register via the CEN-CENELEC website.

For more information, please contact: Geert Maes