The signature on 20 October 2016 of the renewed cooperation agreement between the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, will further enhance the exchange of knowledge and expertise between scientific research and European standardization.
Renewed agreement reaffirms longstanding cooperation
Through this agreement, CEN and CENELEC will provide support for the development of scientific and technical input to policy developments for which European standardization is relevant. The JRC will provide scientific input, in its areas of expertise, for European and international standardization.
The agreement reaffirms a longstanding cooperation in the field of standardization and pre-normative and co-normative research established under the previous Cooperation Agreement signed in June 2010. The partners already collaborate in a wide range of projects and technical fields.
Speaking on the occasion of the signing ceremony in Brussels on 20 October, Vladimir Šucha, Director-General of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, said: “This agreement will strengthen the long-standing favourable cooperation between CEN and CENELEC and we look forward to working together to establish a sustainable system in Europe that encourages the natural collaboration between researchers, innovators and standardizers”.
Elena Santiago Cid, Director General of CEN and CENELEC, added: “We look forward to continuing our productive co-operation with the JRC and we welcome JRC’s input to our technical committees and working groups including domains such as construction, food safety, water and air quality, security, and nanotechnologies.”
Putting science into standards through dedicated events
A concrete example of this collaboration are the ‘Putting Science into Standards’ (PSIS) events, which bring the scientific and standardisation communities closer together. The PSIS-events are two-day workshops, jointly organised by CEN and CENELEC, and the JRC, where the invited experts actively participate in discussions. Some past events include:
- Power-to- Hydrogen and HCNG (Hydrogen and Compressed Natural Gas), in Petten, 2014
- Evidence-Based Quality Assurance – An Example For Breast Cancer” in Ispra, 2015
- Safety, Performance, Second life and Recycling of Automotive Batteries for e-Vehicles in Petten, 2016.
Collaboration important for uptake of standardization in EU policies
Standardization is a key element in many EU policies and for achieving policy goals. Therefore, a strong cross-sector and multi-disciplinary cooperation between CEN and CENELEC, and the JRC is vital to ensure effective uptake of standardization in EU policy making. As the science and knowledge service of the European Commission, the JRC plays a pivotal role in the development of policies that involve an aspect of standardization. Strong cooperation between the European Standardization Organizations (ESOs) and the JRC is also recommended in Regulation (EU) N. 1025/2012 on European standardization.
Science makes standardization robust
Standardization has to be based on sound scientific data, and on sound measurement methodologies and techniques, so that standards keep pace with the state-of-the-art. CEN and CENELEC’s co-operation with the JRC enables the linking of pre-normative research with standardization, in both ways: by feeding pre-normative research results into standardization, and vice-versa by feeding needs for pre-normative research coming from the standardization activities into research activities.
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