Types of standards 

The catalogue of European standards counts more than 20.000 standards. These can be categorized into 4 major types:

  1. Fundamental standards - which concern terminology, conventions, signs and symbols, etc.;
  2. Test methods and analysis standards - which measure characteristics such as temperature and chemical composition;
  3. Specification standards - which define characteristics of a product (product standards), or a service (service activities standards) and their performance thresholds such as fitness for use, interface and interoperability, health and safety, environmental protection, etc.;
  4. Organization standards - which describe the functions and relationships of a company, as well as elements such as quality management and assurance, maintenance, value analysis, logistics, project or system management, production management, etc.

By consulting our pages you will find out more about the role of standards in research projects and how best to integrate standardization in your Horizon 2020 proposal.