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Reform of the European standardisation system

Council of the Europeam Union - The Council today1 adopted a regulation aimed at modernising and improving the European standardisation system (PE-COS 32/12 and 13876/12 ADD1).

Harmonised standards are a well-established tool for promoting the technical conformity of products. They are drawn up by the European standardisation bodies  (ESOs)2 and open to voluntary, though widespread, use by manufacturers throughout Europe in order to fulfill essential requirements of products laid down in EU  legislation. The European Commission regularly gives mandates to the ESOs for developing new standards.

The regulation adapts the current legal framework to simplify it and to cover new aspects in order to reflect the latest developments and future challenges in standardisation. It includes, in particular, means for the development of voluntary standards for services and not only for products as it is the case nowadays.