First Joint BIS-CEN-CENELEC Workshop organised by the India Task Force 







CEN and CENELEC Members have identified India as a key priority market. The objective of CEN and CENELEC is to cooperate more closely with the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and other relevant Indian standardization bodies on various topics of mutual interest, in order to create synergies.

As a first step towards creating a close working relationship with BIS and to understand the commonalities and gaps on standardization strategy and the standards development process, a two-day joint workshop was organised by BIS and CEN & CENELEC on 26th and 27th November 2019 in New Delhi, India.

Day one was a closed-door workshop, limited only to BIS officials and technical committee members, on “Making standardization processes efficient and fast”. The workshop was highly interactive, and the planned sessions helped to share best practices between Indian and international experts on “what the road blocks in the process of standardization are” and “how it can be made swifter to ensure benefits of standardised products reach markets quickly”. The workshop helped identify significant common areas of mutual interest between BIS and CEN & CENELEC, which will be explored further for collaboration between the two regions. 

One of the key areas of concern was low engagement with industry, academia, researchers and young entrepreneurs. It was agreed that CEN and CENELEC will provide information related to the usage of tools such as the SME Toolkit and the Societal Toolkit to increase stakeholder participation. BIS will also collaborate with CEN and CENELEC at international level on digital tools, to avoid development of different tools in future.

Day two of the workshop was focused on the need to increase “Participation and Engagement in International Standardization Activities”. The workshop saw the participation of industry stakeholders as well as other important SDOs in India. The need for harmonisation and integration with the Global standardization bodies was discussed at length.

CEN and CENELEC shared their experience and the benefits of cooperation at International level with ISO and IEC through the Vienna and Frankfurt agreements. Keen interest was expressed by BIS on the need to increase participation in International Standardization activities. CEN, CENELEC and BIS will work together by identifying the specific challenges for Indian industry to take part in international standardization activities and find suitable solutions. CEN and CENELEC will also work together with BIS at international level, to foster the inclusion of national specific requirements.

The two-day workshop solidified the need to work together by way of sharing best practices and approaching challenges in a collaborative manner.

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