Seconded European Standardization Expert in India (SESEI) 

Over the past years India strengthened and positioned itself as an upcoming economic and trade power. Europe needs to carefully consider this actor in order to be or being able to reap some of the huge potential benefits of its ever-expanding market. India remains difficult to understand from the outside on the drivers and main players of the Indian standardization and quality infrastructure landscape. Hence, based on the positive experience with the SESEC project in China, the SESEI project was first launched in 2010 by CEN, CENELEC, ETSI, the European Commission and European Free Trade Association.

Objectives of the project

The SESEI project has the ambition to facilitate EU-India cooperation in standardization matters, as well as to support Regulatory Dialogue activities involving the European Commission and the Indian Government, in support of an increase of trade flows. For the CEN-CENELEC community and stakeholders, expected results are:

  • a better understanding of the Indian standardization system (administration bodies and structures involved, key players and “hot topics”);
  • the provision of insights about standardization-related developments in India in a series of priority sectors identified by the project and likely to evolve according to the orientations provided by project partners;
  • the active promotion of the European standardization model, its strengths and areas of excellence;
  • an enhanced level of cooperation both at strategic and technical levels between CEN, CENELEC and BIS (the ISO and IEC Member for India), but also between CEN and CENELEC Community representatives and relevant Indian standardization stakeholders.

The third phase of the SESEI project kicked off in March 2016. It has a 42 months contractual duration and is built on the experience of previous phases. The SESEI expert of the second phase, Mr Dinesh Chand Sharma, was re-selected to represent the project partners during the third phase as well.

The SESEI project has the ambition to facilitate EU-India cooperation in standardization matters, as well as to support Regulatory Dialogue activities involving the European Commission and the Indian Government, in support of an increase of trade flows. For the CEN-CENELEC community and stakeholders, expected results are:

  • a better understanding of the Indian standardization system (administration bodies and structures involved, key players and “hot topics”);
  • the provision of insights about standardization-related developments in India in a series of priority sectors identified by the project and likely to evolve according to the orientations provided by project partners;
  • the active promotion of the European standardization model, its strengths and areas of excellence;
  • an enhanced level of cooperation both at strategic and technical levels between CEN, CENELEC and BIS (the ISO and IEC Member for India), but also between CEN and CENELEC Community representatives and relevant Indian standardization stakeholders.

Priority areas

Priority areas of focus identified for the SESEI project are as follows:

  • automotive, connected cars and ITS;
  • electrical equipment (Smart Grid/Smart Meter, etc.) including Consumer Electronics;
  • information and Communication Technologies (ICT);
  • smart Cities.

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For further information about the project, please consult the SESEI website

Contact point: Mr Eric MARCHAND, Programme Manager- International Cooperation Unit