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SMEs representation in drafting standards
Work in Technical Committees
A Technical Committee (TC) is a group responsible for development and drafting of standards which are then ratified by European Standards Organisations.
All stakeholders interested in the draft standard are entitled to participate, but only representatives of National Standardisation Bodies have the right to vote in the Technical Committee.
Committees comprise experts who are familiar with the area being studied. They provide input and feedback based on their professional knowledge and experience.
One of SBS’ most important activities is its direct participation in the standardisation process through CEN, CENELEC, ETSI and ISO Technical Committees (TCs). SBS carries out this task by appointing experts – nominated by its member SME organisations – to attend the committee meetings and report back to their SBS coordinator. Indeed, this enables SBS to closely monitor development of new directives, directive reviews and standardisation work in general to then lobby towards the European Institutions and further encourage them to take SMEs into account.