Three European Standards Organisations (ESOs) are officially recognised as competent in the area of voluntary technical standardization. The European Union (EU) Regulation (1025/2012) which settles the legal framework for standardization, has been adopted by the European Parliament and by the Council of the EU, and entered into force on 1 January 2013.
The three European Standardization Organisations are :
- CEN – European Committee for Standardization;
- CENELEC – European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization;
- and ETSI – European Telecommunications Standards Institute.
Thanks to European Standards created by the European Standardization System, manufacturers and service providers get direct access to the market. The ultimate aim is to have a unique standard in 33 European countries and beyond.
Indeed, by creating standards, the ESOs help facilitate trade between countries, create new markets and cut compliance costs. They provide a standardization framework to prepare voluntary standards that help to develop the Single European market for goods and services. European Standards play a crucial role in the development and consolidation of the European Single Market and support other EU policies, providing an efficient co-regulation tool.
Over the years the European Standardization System has proved to be a successful and well-consolidated model.
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