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STANDARDISATION: a competitive intelligence tool that is fundamental for providing the products and services of Spanish companies with access to European and international markets

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The development of a UNE standard could be ​your strongest ally and the most profitable way of achieving a competitive advantage and building customer trust

Standards establish the market rules, and set up networks for contact and collaboration with other organisations in the sector.​​​​​

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To keep up-to-date with all aspects related to standardisation: ​​​​

  • Discover the new regulatory developments;
  • Take part in developing standards;
  • Learn how to integrate standardisation into your R&D&i project;

Write to us at normalizacion@une.org

or call​ (+34) 915​ 294 900

We will be very pleased to help you.

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Fundamental concepts of standardisation

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What is a standard?

A standard is a technical document designed for voluntary use which results from consensus, based on the results of experience and technological development and approved by a recognised standardisation body.

Standards guarantee quality levels and security that allow any company to better position itself on the market and constitute a significant source of information for professionals of any economic activity.

Standard finder

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How are standards developed?

Technical standards are developed by the Spanish Association for Standardisation-UNE through its Technical Standardisation Committees (CTN), which are attended by all parties concerned.

Participation in these Committees makes it possible to gain access to and influence the contents of European and international standards.

The Committees are comprised of a chairperson, a technical secretary and various members who make up an equitable representation of all parties with interest in standardisation in a specific field, which guarantees transparency, openness and consensus in its work.

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Mechanisms in the process of drawing up a UNE standard
Development process

The process of drawing up a UNE standard is subject to a series of phases, thus ensuring that the final document is the result of consensus, and is true to the complete transparency that guarantees that any person, even if they do not belong to the body drawing up the standard, can voice their opinions or comments.

Draft review systemsUNE procedure for developing standards

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Standards in our life

Standards indicate how a product or service should be in order to be safe and meet consumer expectations.

Monthly, in the "Standards in our lives" section, applied standards are shown in different scenes of everyday life.

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Why take part?

The benefits of standardisation

Standardisation contributes to the progress of countries, driving the development of their economies in the areas of industry and services, improving the education and well-being of society as a whole and protecting the environment.

Further information

Statement on copyright and industrial property rights (IPR) in standards

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Copyright of UNE standards

Those taking part in the UNE Technical Standardisation Committees must be aware that UNE standards are considered collective work (Legislative Royal Decree 1/1996, of 12 April, Copyright Law) and, thus, the texts, figures, images and any other content of UNE standards, are under copyright of the Spanish Association for Standardisation.

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Patents and standards

Standardisation bodies and, therefore, UNE, are not involved in the assessment of the importance or essentiality of patents, with regard to deliverables, nor do they interfere in the negotiations of licences or in discussions on patents. This is left to the parties concerned.

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