JRC Foresight study calls for integrated strategy for European standardisation
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) has carried out a Foresight study on behalf of the European Commission focussing on a 2025 vision. The study, which was presented on 21 April 2015 in Brussels, suggests the European standardisation system should accelerate and rely on an integrated strategy. According to the JRC, this is the only way standardisation will be able to keep pace with technological developments and societal challenges, stimulating innovation and fostering competition. New, advanced manufacturing systems and technologies in an an ever-more globalised economy will require new or upgraded standards on a regular basis to ensure quality and performance throughout the production and distribution system, the JRC study argues.
Five priority areas are identified:
- integration: aiming at having standards that can cope with converging technologies and infrastructures, and assure interoperability and interconnectivity;
- environmental sustainability: focussing on resource efficiency, zero waste and energy neutrality;
- quality and performance;
- services: addressing consumers' demand for high-quality services as part of any product package;
- "de-risking": aiming at having standards that provide confidence towards innovative solutions and ensure protection from potential risks to health, security, safety and privacy.
The study also provides a template to identify standardisation needs so that they can be addressed earlier and in a more systematic way.
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