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COM(2011) 311 final – A strategic vision for European standards

Regulation (EU) No 1025/2012



The Communication underlines the importance of standards* to Europe's economy and society.

It presents a strategy to accelerate, simplify and modernise European standardisation processes so that they can adapt to the fast changing global landscape and economic environment.

Regulation (EU) No 1025/2012 governs how the EU standards-setting process operates and how the various organisations involved in this process (both at EU and national level) work together.


European standards should:

support industrial policy and innovation, especially new products and services.

address key societal challenges, such as climate change and creation of a Europe-wide market for security products.

involve all potential stakeholders, particularly SMEs and representatives of the public, in the setting process.

play a more prominent role in developing the single market for services.

ensure interoperability between different information and communication technology devices, applications, data repositories, services and networks.

increase the EU's global competitiveness by serving as the basis for international norms.

The strategic vision presents 29 legislative and non-legislative ways in which these aims can be achieved.

Regulation (EU) No 1025/2012, adopted in October 2012, builds on the strategic vision. It introduces procedures to speed up adoption of European standards and an obligation on the European Commission to identify strategic standardisation priorities for the years ahead.

At their March 2014 European Council meeting, EU leaders acknowledged in their conclusions the important role standards can play in strengthening European industry's global competitiveness. They called for measures to promote European and international standards and regulations.

In May 2015, the Commission published a final report of an independent review of the European standardisation system.


* Standard: voluntary document that defines technical or quality requirements for products, processes and services.


Standards used to be largely confined to products. Increasingly, they are being used for processes and production methods covering a wide range of subjects. They play a crucial role in areas ranging from support for European competitiveness to protecting consumers and improving accessibility for the disabled and elderly.


Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council and the Economic and Social Committee – A strategic vision for European standards: Moving forward to enhance and accelerate the sustainable growth of the European economy by 2020 (COM(2011) 311 final of 1.6.2011)


Regulation (EU) No 1025/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on European standardisation, amending Council Directives 89/686/EEC and 93/15/EEC and Directives 94/9/EC, 94/25/EC, 95/16/EC, 97/23/EC, 98/34/EC, 2004/22/EC, 2007/23/EC, 2009/23/EC and 2009/105/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and repealing Council Decision 87/95/EEC and Decision No 1673/2006/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 316, 14.11.2012, pp. 12–33). The successive amendments to Regulation (EU) No 1025/2012 have been incorporated into the original text. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

European Council 20/21 March 2014 Conclusions

Independent Review of the European Standardisation System - Final Report, European Commission, 20 May 2015.

last update 02.12.2015