Develop collaboration with business associations 

Measure category: Promote participation

Many SMEs rely on business associations (such as sectoral organisations, chambers of commerce, etc.) to provide them with general and specific information on standards and standardisation, and also to facilitate their participation in standardization.

Business associations can act as intermediaries between SMEs and national standards organisations, and facilitate the flow of information in both directions. In particular, they can help to ensure that market needs and SMEs’ concerns are taken into account during the standardization process.

In some cases, national standards organisations may wish to formalise their relations with certain business associations, for example by means of membership or partnership agreements. In such cases, the division of responsibilities between the parties should be made clear.

Possible activities may include:

  • Analysing the content of new draft standards and highlighting the most important points for SMEs from a professional/technical point of view.
  • Liaising with experts in SMEs to inform them about draft standards being developed at European or international level, and invite them to give input.
  • Gathering comments and feedback to discuss in standardization committees.
  • Communicating specific concerns and requests to European or international level.
  • Analysing existing standards and addressing difficulties with regard to compliance.
  • Organising workshops/seminars that focus on specific standards or sectors.
  • Providing SMEs with information about standards and standardization using various means of communication (personal contacts, newsletters, brochures, web pages, workshops, articles in professional and specialist media, CD-ROMs, etc.).

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