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Joint Initiative on Standardisation.

The Joint Initiative on Standardisation, provided for in the European Commission's Single Market strategy, is a public and 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 of the Ministry of the Economy, Industry and Competitiveness

As a result of the importance of standardisation for industrial development and the general development of the economy, a comprehensive document on FAQs on Standardisation can be found on website of the Ministry of the Economy, Industry, and Competitiveness.

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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 on 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 to 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

​Establece normas relativas a la cooperación entre las organizaciones europeas de normalización, los organismos nacionales de normalización, los Estados miembros y la Comisión, el establecimiento de normas europeas y de documentos europeos de normalización para productos y servicios en apoyo de la legislación y las políticas de la Unió​n​.

Regulation 1025/2012 of the EC