Standardisation is especially about the future, because in a world demanding increasingly multilateral solutions, documents arising from consensus, openness and transparency will be increasingly resorted to. As reflected in the European Commission's document "European Standards for the 21st Century", standards already go beyond offering technical solutions, and form part of the strategic approach to the major issues that we all have to address together. In Spain, we have a national standardisation body that meets the challenges we face as a society, where sectors and administrations find the vehicle to draft documents that enable both parties to easily implement public policies, among other characteristics.
In addition, the onset of the fourth industrial revolution, linked to the industrial use of new technologies such as big data or IoT, is a historical occasion to open up new business opportunities for our industrial sector through standardisation. As such, normalisation and standardisation are destined to be one of the driving forces behind our industrial digitalisation, as pointed out in the National Connected Industry 4.0 Strategy, under which we are currently providing important common grounds for all agents involved in the development of a safe environment to boost industry 4.0.
What is your opinion of Spanish standardisation in the international framework?
The fact that Spanish standardisation plays a number of key roles in international working bodies, while at the same time its importance for European and international standardisation authorities continues to increase, has a transcendental importance that I would dare to call strategic for our country. For countries aspiring to play a leading role in an increasingly global economy, having a standardisation body whose impact exerts a real influence beyond their borders is of the utmost importance, as it will open up new business markets for companies from different sectors, especially SMEs. We must not forget that playing an important role in boosting standardisation at international forums gives a country a competitive edge and many countries have recently been doing so, thereby enabling their economies to grow significantly, particularly in industrial sectors.