The Commission adopted an EU Standardisation Strategy outlining our vision for standards within the Single Market and globally.
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) contributed to a more effective translation of research and innovation into standardisation and provided input on foresight, pre-normative research and on bringing independent, scientific and technical knowledge for drafting state-of-the-art standards with a European dimension.
The European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth Mariya Gabriel said: “I welcome the strategy, which gives standardisation a much-needed increased political impetus. The JRC in particular with its extensive experience, knowledge and expertise on standardisation, such as on COVID tests, batteries, vehicle emissions, etc., will support the actions stemming from today’s Strategy. This serves not only to bring independent, state-of-the-art scientific and technical knowledge to the table, but also to give the European dimension to the drafting of standards.”
JRC will continue its collaboration with CEN and CENELEC by bringing its expertise closer to the standards drafting process.
It will actively participate in the Putting Science into Standards Workshops, mapping existing and missing standardisation efforts to assess and recommend actions needed to start the process of drafting new, or complementing existing standards.
Recent examples are the creation of Focus Groups for Quantum Technologies and Organ-on-Chip that are now in charge of drafting Standardisation Roadmaps).
Currently, the JRC is working on the development of a detection method for the Omicron variant in PCR tests and collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the USA for the calibration of diluents for COVID PCR testing machines.
JRC is also offering the EU Academy as a vehicle for hosting and disseminating training and capacity building on standardisation processes.
This is in line with the objective of the Strategy to promote the next generation of standardisation experts.
Finally, JRC supported the creation of an EU excellence hub on standards, and will continue to be a key enabler in developing and implementing standardisation.
- Publication date
- 3 February 2022
- Joint Research Centre