SBS’ response to European Commission Communication on harmonised standards

SBS’ response to European Commission Communication on harmonised standards

Brussels, Thursday 22 November 2018 – Today, the European Commission published a Communication on harmonised standards, alongside two others (Communications respectively covering the Single Market, and a better investment environment in Europe). In its standards Communication, the European Commission highlights the success of standardisation in developing the Single Market. Moreover, it proposes to further improve the legal certainty of all actors, including SMEs, involved in the development of harmonised standards, i.e. European standards adopted on the basis of a request by the Commission for the application of EU legislation.

SBS, as the European organisation representing the interests of SMEs in the standardisation process, very much welcomes today’s publication on harmonised standards. It also acknowledges the success of standardisation achieved to date on the continent. SMEs absolutely depend on standards, particularly harmonised standards, because they provide companies’ products with a presumption of conformity with EU legislation.

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