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Public policies

Joint Initiative on Standardisation.

​The Joint Initiative on Standardisation provided for in the European Commission's Single Market strategy is a public-private collaboration initiative that seeks to promote standardisation as tool for European industry to launch in new markets.​​​

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The relationship between standardisation and legislation

Download the Guide on the use of standards and accreditation in public procurement

The Public Sector Contracts Act 9/2017 establishes that public procurement processes shall include qualitative, environmental, social and innovative aspects. As a way of demonstrating the fulfilment of these aspects, it includes in many of its articles specific mentions to the employment of technical standards and certified conformity assessors. To facilitate a full use of technical standards and accreditation in purchasing processes to professionals of civil service, ENAC and UNE have drawn up the "Guide to the use of the standards and the accreditation in the public procurement." 

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FAQs Ministry of Industry and Competitiveness
FAQ of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism

The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism (MINCOTUR) page on standardisation activity has been updated; all information regarding standards has been updated, from the most basic concepts to the more complex ones, such as participation in standardisation activities.


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Use and reference of ISO and IEC standards in technical regulation

​This document was developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in order to raise the awareness of the legislators as to the benefits of choosing to use and refer to ISO and IEC standards in regulations and that such use can support good legislative practice.

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European guide on standards and legislation

​In order to provide public authorities with information on the various options arising from the use of standards as support for the development of legal documents and general public policies, the European standards bodies CEN and CENELEC have published this guide.


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New approach of the EC

​European standards play an important role in the internal market, due to the use, for example, of harmonised standards in the presumption of conformity of the products launched on the market with the ​essential requirements regarding these products set out in the Union's relevant harmonisation legislation.​​​

New approach of the EC

Regulation 1025/2012 on European standardisation

​Sets forth rules concerning cooperation between European standardisation organisations, national standardisation bodies, Member States and the Commission; the establishment of European standards and European standardisation documents for products and services in support of legislation; and the policies of the European Union.

Regulation 1025/2012 of the EC