Standards one of the priority at the EU-US Trade and Technology Council

Standards is one of the main elements that were discussed at the Trade and Technology Council between the EU and the US that took place in Pittsburgh last 29 September. 

In particular, among the outcomes of the meeting, the Working Group 1 on technology standards has been established, with the aim to “develop approaches for coordination and cooperation in critical and emerging technology standards, including AI and other emerging technologies”. According to the text of the conclusions,  “the European Union and the United States support the development of technical standards in line with their core values, and recognise the importance of international standardization activities underpinned by core WTO principles”.


To raise awareness on the different standards systems existing in the US and the EU and on their co-operation, ANSI and the European Standardization Organizations (CEN, CENELEC and ETSI) have offered to answer questions posed by the other side on their respective systems.


This exercise, resulting in a series of frequently asked questions (FAQs), aims to facilitate a better understanding of the workings of each system, in particular the main principles and policies underpinning market-led standardization in Europe and the US, and to help guide the reader to sources of additional information.


Read Questions and Answers about the US Standardization System

Read Questions and Answers about the European Standardization System


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