Commission adopts legal package on Standardization
By user804106 on Jun 01, 2011
The Commission today adopts a legal package on Standardization. The Commission's plans for direct referencing of specifications from global standards development organizations (fora/consortia), provided they satisfy transparency and openness criteria, is very positive for the ICT sector, for SMEs, and for consumers. At the same time, such referencing makes the European Standardization System more competitive, flexible, and efficient.
The recognition of Global ICT standards that will play a more prominent role in the EU, both in public procurement:
The use of standards developed by other organisations in the field of information and communication technologies will be possible in public procurement, provided that these standards comply with a set of criteria based on the WTO principles for international standardisation processes, in domains where there are no European standards, where European standards have not gained market uptake or where these standards have become obsolete. (from the proposed Regulation which needs approval by Parliament and Council).
and in policies:
In EU policies, the Commission will increasingly use selected ICT standards that comply with the same set of quality criteria, in particular when the interoperability between devices, applications, data repositories, services and networks must be further enhanced. (from the Communication, will be implemented immediately and does not require approval by Parliament and Council).
The Communication also includes a recommendation to Member States:
Member States should increase the use of standards, including the selected ICT standards, in public procurement of ICT in order to promote interoperability and innovation and to avoid lock-in.