Standardization and societal stakeholders 

European Standards are relevant to many aspects of our daily lives. They play an important role, alongside regulation, in protecting the environment, enhancing safety as well as the health and well-being of consumers and employees. When products and services conform to European Standards, this means that standards are safe, reliable and of good quality.

You can participate

Did you know that stakeholders like you can contribute to the development of European Standards? And that they benefit from this direct contribution?

Standards are created by bringing together the experience and expertise of different stakeholders such as the producers, sellers, buyers, users and regulators of a particular material, product, process or service. These stakeholders are represented by business and industry associations, public authorities, professional bodies, trade associations, consumer organizations, environmental organizations, trade unions, enforcement bodies, testing and inspection bodies, etc.

Participation from all sectors of society gives standards users confidence that standards reflect not only the scientific and technical state of the art, but that they also take into consideration the concerns and priorities of wider society.

Businesses also benefit from having access to standards that take into account the concerns and priorities of societal stakeholders, as they help ensure products and services are developed and delivered in line with market expectations, the health and safety of workers is safeguarded, and environmental protection is maximized.

The participation of societal stakeholders in European standardization is supported by dedicated European associations, whose roles are acknowledged by the recent EU Regulation 1025/2012 on European Standardization. Societal interests are represented for:

Build your expertise, increase your knowledge and influence!

ANEC, ECOS and ETUC have joined with CEN-CENELEC to develop a free, interactive eLearning course that gives clear and straightforward information about standards and the standardization process in Europe, as well as at the national and international levels.

The course contains several modules to help users learn about standards, their development and the key role they play in protecting consumers, workers and the environment. It further demonstrates the importance for civil society to engage in standardization in order to improve, strengthen and add legitimacy to the European Standardization System.

If you want to discover the world of standards, this training is for you! Follow our course and find out why standards are relevant to you, and how you can participate in developing standards that benefit all!

The course can be found at the link:

The brochure "Civil society - Improving, strengthening and legitimising the European standardization system" gives more information on how these organizations contribute to standardization and what rights these organizations have within the standards development process.

The infographic "World Consumer Rights Day #BetterDigitalWorld" gives more information on how CEN, CENELEC and ANEC join forces in developing standards, which create a fair and secure digital market place.

On the occasion of the World Consumer Rights Day, ANEC also launched their YouTube channel with a first video on how ANEC raises standards for consumers

Click the appropriate tab below to find out more about the role of each societal stakeholder group in the development of standards.


Get involved in standardization to support consumers protection


Get involved in standardization to support workers


Get involved in standardization to support environmental protection