SBS Newsletter – Issue 6 – 2019

SBS Newsletter – Issue 6 – 2019

New experts to join SBS in 2020, benefitting European SMEs by increasing coverage and influence in standardisation

SBS appointed a total of 68 experts to represent the interests of SMEs in standardisation in 2020. Following an open call, numerous applications from across Europe were submitted and evaluated. Formally appointed by SBS’ General Assembly, these experts now cover new sectors such as cultural heritage, cycles, glass in buildings, acoustic properties of building elements and buildings, and cookware.

Experts from SBS are active in Technical Committees, Sub-Committees and Working Groups in the European Standardisation Organisations (CEN, CENELEC and ETSI) and at international level (ISO and IEC). The aim of their participation in such meetings is to contribute to SME-compatible standards.

Guidelines on SME needs in the service industries

The German member of TC 447 tabled an interesting proposal on “Horizontal standards for the provision of services” at the plenary meeting in London on 27 November. This document, entitled “Guidance for the assessment of the capacity of service providers and evaluation of service proposals”, takes into account the needs of SMEs. The document is simple, clear and well-structured, and is a good example of what SMEs need. This Technical Committee will hopefully take the proposal on board and extend it to the other standards that it develops.

SBS takes part in a workshop about Exoskeletons

On 16 November, in collaboration with the University of Padua, SBS member CNA (Italy’s National Confederation of the Craft Sector and Small and Medium Enterprises) held the workshop “Exoskeletons for rehabilitation and for the working environment. New frontiers for the ergonomics of assistive and productive technologies” in Padua (Italy).

Technologies for health, rehabilitation and assistance, as well as for quality of life and work, are increasingly becoming reality. Certain areas were explored to respond to some of the most pressing challenges, such as ergonomics and the human factor, solutions, challenges and potentialities of exoskeletons and collaborative robots, exoskeleton-user interaction analysis, assistive technologies, rehabilitation exoskeletons and independent living, and passive exoskeletons for walking.

SBS expert Eng. Nicola Petrone chaired the workshop on the standardisation aspects and on the activities of SBS through its participation in CEN TC 122 on ergonomics. Speakers included Natalia Gil Lopez, SBS Board member, and Gian Luca Salerio, International Standardisation Manager at UNI (the Italian Standardisation Organisation).

SBS welcomes its new Human Resources and Financial Manager

Irina Patrascu has taken over as Human Resources & Financial Manager at SBS, after Sorina Mogojan left the association to take up another career opportunity.

Ms Patrascu comes with more than seven years of experience in credit risk, financial analysis, financial reporting, and credit control (banking field) in her home country Romania, as well as over four years of experience working in the international environment in Belgium. She will be focusing mainly on managing financial and accounting operations for SBS.

Joint Initiative on Standardisation Action 5: Outcomes for construction products 
On 4 December, the closing conference took place for the Joint Initiative on Standardisation (JIS) Action 5 – “Pilot Project – Aiding the implementation of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) through standards”. During the conference, the different deliverables were presented and Barbara Sorgato (ECAP) gave a testimonial on behalf of SBS, highlighting its achievements. In other words, there is positive news. Unfortunately, all is not yet well for construction products. According to the European Commission, the quality of some construction products and New Legislative Framework harmonised standards is still too low, not even fulfilling the legal requirements.

For construction products, the HAS consultants have so far received 110 standards for assessment and none of them have been assessed as compliant. Therefore, and due to the outcome of the recent CPR evaluation, the Commission will be looking at alternatives to the current standardisation system in its upcoming review (provisionally to be launched in 2020). It added that due to recent court cases, it will be difficult to introduce some flexibility between now and the potential reviewed CPR. Hopefully, the JIS Action 5 deliverables will bring some stability in these turbulent times.

SBS position paper responding to the applicability of the Radio Equipment Directive (RED)

SBS published its position paper responding to the applicability of the RED, which establishes a regulatory framework for placing radio equipment on the European market. Due to increasing digitalisation, this directive has gained importance, as the RED covers devices that use the radio spectrum for communication and/or radio determination purposes.

SBS is calling for a clear legal framework that sets down the foundation for hardware and software disaggregation and liability issues, and provides proposals on the implementation of concrete measures that, if adopted and well implemented, would contribute to the effective ability of SMEs to continue developing software on existing hardware, fostering innovation speed and value generation in the radio equipment market.


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