CEN and CENELEC held a successful workshop on the European Standardization System during the IEC General Meeting in Shanghai.
The workshop took place on the fringes of the IEC 2019 General Meeting in Shanghai on 23 October. With 11 high-level speakers from the European standardization community, including the European Commission, national governments, industry and European and national standardization organizations, the event attracted more than 200 participants from the Chinese government, research institutes, academia, industry associations and companies.
The workshop was opened by Mr. Christoph Winterhalter, CEN VP Policy and CEN-CENELEC Task Force China Convenor, and Mr. Cui Gang, SAC Standards Innovative Management Department Director General.
After that, during three panel discussions, panellists explained in detail the European Standardization System. The three panel discussions were as follows:
Panel 1 was dedicated to presenting the parties of the public-private partnership in the European standardization system, how it works, why do we need this public-private partnership and how public authorities and private standards bodies can trust each other.
Panel 2 discussed how European standards, which derive from agreements made across 34 countries, do not compromise on quality and safety, and how international standards, which stem out of compromises among even more countries, could ensure a level-playing field for innovation and competition.
Finally, panel 3 explained what national bodies do to ensure one single standard catalogue at national level and the consistency between national, regional and international levels.
The workshop was well received by the participants, with some saying the European experience could be useful for China.
The workshop was filmed. A short video will be developed for sharing with wider audience at a later stage through CEN-CENELEC websites and social media accounts.
For more information, please contact Zhuohua CHEN.