European standardisation

 

SUMMARY OF:

Regulation (EU) No 1025/2012 on European standardisation

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE REGULATION?

KEY POINTS

The regulation introduces rules governing:

The regulation covers standards for services as well as for products, and environmental and public health protection must also be included among the required characteristics of a product or service.

Broad participation in the standards setting process

Standardisation requests to European standardisation organisations

The Commission may request one or several European standardisation organisations to draft a European standard, which must be market-driven, and take into account the public interest as well as EU policy objectives. The Commission determines the requirements and deadlines to be met. EU countries will communicate to the Commission all requests made to standards institutions to draw up technical specifications or a specific product standard so that a draft technical regulations can be drawn up.

Recognition and use of technical specifications

Public authorities should use the full range of relevant technical specifications when procuring hardware, software and information technology services. The technical specifications have market acceptance and do not hamper interoperability with existing EU or international standards.

Annual work programme, and objections to harmonised standards

The annual work programme sets out strategic priorities taking into account EU long-term growth strategies.The Commission will set up a notification system for all stakeholders to ensure proper consultation and market relevance before adopting the annual work programme or standardisation requests, or making decisions on any objections to harmonised standards brought by EU countries or the European Parliament.

Reporting

The European standardisation organisations will send an annual report on the implementation of this regulation to the Commission.

Amendments since publication

The regulation has been amended since it was issued to explicitly cover the following specific standards:

FROM WHEN DOES THIS REGULATION APPLY?

It has applied since 1 January 2013.

BACKGROUND

See also:

MAIN DOCUMENT

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).

Successive amendments to Regulation (EU) No 1025/2012 have been incorporated into the original text. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

RELATED DOCUMENTS

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, 1.6.2011)

last update 22.05.2019