2 December 2019. The Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, and the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism have signed a collaboration agreement to boost industrial competitiveness in Spain through the development of technical standards. UNE is the Spanish standardisation body. The agreement was signed by the Chairman of UNE, Carlos Esteban and the General Secretary for Industry and Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, Raül Blanco.
This agreement has the common purpose of increasing the relevance of standards in the market, ensuring their quality and guaranteeing the transparency and effective participation of all stakeholders in standardisation.
Through this agreement, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism will contribute to the drafting of an annual Spanish standardisation action plan, transferring its needs with regard to standards in support of public policies or legislation on matters of its competence and other aspects of interest to the industrial, trade or tourism sector.
In addition, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism will participate in the Technical Standardisation Committees where standards are drawn up that are or will be cited in the Ministry's legislation, in the areas of quality infrastructure and industrial safety. It will participate in nearly twenty UNE Technical Standardisation Committees.
The Ministry will also participate in UNE's Advisory Commissions created to date (Electrotechnics, Construction and Circular Economy), as well as in future ones.
In this way the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism undertakes to provide institutional support to the activities of the Spanish Standardization Association envisaged in the Annual Action plan on Spanish standardisation, aimed at promoting the use of UNE standards, or aimed at facilitating the business fabric, especially SMEs, as part of a Ministry of Industry, in the process of developing standards.
UNE is committed to developing this annual Spanish standardisation action plan, identifying strategic priorities for the production sectors in Spain, as expressed by the Public Administrations in support of legislation or certain policies. This Action Plan will also consider the European Union's standardisation priorities.