CEN-CENELEC Workshop on integration process of new technologies of physical assistance such as Exoskeletons 

In recent years, exoskeleton technology has become of interest to the industrial manufacturing sector. It offers a new approach to improving the quality of work, task effectiveness and productivity by combining human intelligence and dexterity with robotic or mechanical assistance.

As several recent prospective studies predict, the exoskeletal market is expected to grow considerably in the coming years. Technological advances are making exoskeletons an increasingly feasible solution from an economic point of view and examples of applications are multiplying indifferent sectors, such as industry, medicine and military.

However, owing to their wide range of application in the field of rehabilitation, industry, military and their different construction types, there is still no uniform regulation or certification of exoskeletons and at this time, no international standard development has been identified.

Hence, the main objectives of the workshop are:

  • to initiate new discussions through a CEN structure in order to present and analyse new use cases coming from industry and/or research centres, academic studies;
  • to compare, to reflect on all practices, to exchange on these practices and even to integrate the practices implemented by other European countries, and other countries outside Europe, Brazil, Australia, Japan, India;
  • to test these use cases using the methodologies described in the AFNOR Z68-800 Agreement and improve them if necessary (possible update of Z68-800);
  • to identify and exchange about methods for the evaluation of human-exoskeleton interaction in the workplace and to test its relevance;
  • to contribute to a new tool kit of best practices helping the users to evaluate the different practices and which could be endorse as a CEN WS AGREEMENT (CWA) in the form of a report. This report will not contain any requirements, which will be contained in voluntary standards developed, under development or to be developed by National, European and International Standardization Organizations.

The  proposer of the Workshop is AIRBUS, Flinders University (Adelaide, Australia), NAVAL GROUP, OTTOBOCK, SNCF Voyageurs, Skelex and the secretariat holder of this workshop is AFNOR, the French National standardisation Body. .

The kick-off meeting will be held on 10 July 2020 in Brussels at the CEN-CENELEC Management Centre (Rue de la Science 23 B - 1040 Brussels, Belgium).

The Workshop participation will be open to all interested parties. Interested parties can submit comments on the draft Project Plan via the 'Commenting form' (see below) until 30 June 2020 and register to the Workshop by sending an email to the Workshop Secretary Ms Roxana TURCANU (Roxana.turcanu@afnor.org) and Ms Nathalie DASILVA (nathalie.dasilva@afnor.org )

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