Strengthening transatlantic standardization cooperation  

In an effort to strengthen transatlantic collaboration on standards, conformance, and market access issues, the three European Standardization Organizations (ESOs) — CEN, CENELEC, and ETSI — and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) signed a document detailing their Principles of Cooperation in August. The signing was part of the ESOs-ANSI joint meeting to exchange information on a range of topics of mutual interest including approaches to innovation and initiatives on emerging technical issues.

"For more than 25 years, ANSI has had a collaborative dialogue with the European Standards Organizations, and our discussions have undoubtedly improved mutual understanding of the U.S. and European standardization systems," said S. Joe Bhatia, ANSI's president and CEO. "This meeting is a great opportunity to share different perspectives on changes on both sides of the Atlantic so that we can be well-positioned to move forward on mutual priorities."

The discussions during the two-day event highlighted a number of crucial follow-up actions to facilitate even greater cooperation between the European and US standardizers on standards development projects. The groups involved identified several issues, which will be further discussed at the ESOs-ANSI meeting 2019, including: 

  • IPR/copyright/patent issues of common concern
  • Approaches and outcomes (cases and best practices) for reaching out to academic communities to educate and engage students, faculty, and research activities in standardization
  • The development of codes and their connections to legislation in the U.S. and in Europe

The participating organizations also focused on emerging hi-tech issues and shared their perspectives on growth areas, such as services standardization, bio-based products, and sustainability. ANSI and the ESOs will continue to promote international/global standards related to cybersecurity, the Internet of Things (IoT), and artificial intelligence (AI) and will support standards on terminology to facilitate a common understanding of relevant concepts.
Participants also discussed revisions of the Q&A documents related to the respective standardization systems addressing stakeholders’ typical needs. Dedicated visibility actions will make the documents widely available online and help stakeholders understand the systems better as stepping-stones to improved market access.

CEN and CENELEC Director General, Mrs. Elena Santiago Cid, concluded the event by remarking the positive cooperation among the standardization organisation: “I am glad that we had the chance to exchange information and strengthen our relations through the signing of the Principles of Cooperation document. It is important that we keep the transatlantic standardization dialogue going in order to serve the interests of our stakeholders.”

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