New eLearning course on standardization – ensuring standards “Meet the Future” 

On the occasion of World Standards Day 2018, ANEC, ECOS and ETUC have joined forces with CEN and CENELEC to develop Standards for all, a new free eLearning course on standardization for social stakeholders that gives clear and straightforward information about the standardization process in Europe, as well as at the national and international levels.

The eLearning course aims to explain the complex world of standards in clear and simple terms, and is designed to be used by everyone, regardless of their level of knowledge or their background, and according to their needs and interests. The course was officially launched on Friday, 12th October as part of the conference “Standards Meet the Future”, that was organised in Brussels to celebrate World Standards Day and the 25th Anniversary of the European Single Market.

Standards have a broad impact on society and contribute to making our everyday lives safer. In Europe, regulators have turned to standards to support the implementation of laws and policies, including in areas of public interest. This makes it key for civil society to engage and participate in standardization. In particular, three organizations play a vital role in making sure that European standards are safe, sustainable and ensure employees’ well-being: ANEC (the European consumer voice in standardisation), ECOS (the European Environmental Citizens’ Organisation in Standardisation) and ETUC (the European Trade Union Confederation), which are the officially recognised organisations to bring forward the interests of civil society in the European standardization process.

Based on the supporting organisations’ expertise, 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 on its dedicated website and find out why standards are relevant to you, and how you can participate in developing standards that benefit all.

For more information, please contact Ingrid Soetaert