About Us

Small Business Standards (SBS) is the voice of European SMEs in the standardisation process.

About Us

Small Business Standards (SBS) is a European non-profit association representing and defending Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in standardisation. Co-financed by the European Union and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), SBS advises and supports SMEs and SME organisations across Europe on how best to influence the standardisation process at the European and international levels. It gives SMEs in Europe the strong voice they need when it comes to standardisation by ensuring their interests and needs are understood and safeguarded. 

SBS speaks on behalf of 22,5 million SMEs across Europe through 22 SME member organisations.

SBS was established on 25 October 2013 to make the European standardisation system as inclusive, transparent and open as possible in line with the objectives of Regulation 1025/2012 on European Standardisation.

Small Business Standards’ mission is to:

  • represent the interests of SMEs in the standardisation process at the European and international levels;
  • raise their awareness about standardisation and facilitate the uptake of standards by SMEs
  • motivate SMEs and SME associations to engage in the standardisation process.


SBS Member Organisations constitute a diverse network committed to advocating for SME interests in standardisation.


The SBS Board of Directors oversees the management of the association and shapes its strategy.

Working Groups

SBS Working Groups offer SBS members and experts a means to collaborate and exchange information on issues related to standardisation.


The SBS Secretariat is responsible for the daily management and operation of the association. It is key to achieving the objectives of the association and promoting the interests of SMEs in standardisation.

Making Standards Work for SMEs


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One of the most important activities of SBS is the representation of SMEs’ interest in the development of standards through the direct participation of SME experts in European and international technical committees.

Views and opinions expressed are those of Small Business Standards (SBS) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or EFTA. Neither the European Union nor EFTA can be held responsible for them.