Press releases

Here you can find the press releases and ad-hoc announcements of SBS.

Press release: Brussels, 19th October 2016

Press release : Brussels, 14th June 2016 – Yesterday, Small Business Standards (SBS) endorsed the Joint
Initiative on Standardisation(1) in the presence of Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska. This

Brussels, 1st June 2016 – SBS (the European association representing SMEs in the standard making process at European and international levels) welcomes a series of documents relating to standardisation published today by the European Commission.

Brussels, 25th May 2016 – Today, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) plenary almost unanimously approved rapporteur Patrick Liébus’ Opinion on the 2016 Annual Union Work Programme for European standardisation.

Brussels, 04 May 2016 – At the General Assembly of ETSI, the European Telecommunication Standards Institute, SMEs stood firm against the proposal to delete an article of ETSI Rules of Procedure that concerns dispute resolution between its members,

SBS, CEN and CENELEC welcome the fact that the international standardisation organisations (ISO and IEC) have published a 'Guide for writing standards taking into account the needs of SMEs'. This new publication (ISO/IEC Guide 17:2016) is based on a document that was developed at European level and published by CEN and CENELEC in 2010 (CEN/CLC Guide 17).

Brussels, 3 December 2015 – SBS (the European association representing SMEs in the standards making process at European and international level) organised a working breakfast on “European standards as a chance for SMEs”, moderated by MEP Paul Rübig, co-founder and Honorary President of SME Europe (EPP). At the event, SBS made first contact with MEPs at policy level and informed them of standardisation for SMEs and its activities in the field. Additionally SBS put forward the role of standards as a concrete opportunity as well as a challenge for SMEs.

Yesterday, SBS organised its first EU Conference on “Smart standardisation for SMEs”. The first of a series of annual conferences – aiming to discuss the standardisation process, its impact on SMEs and its benefits – focussed on “From national to European standardisation in a global context”.

SBS calls for more inclusion, recognition and participation of SMEs in the European Standardisation System. SMEs are still faced with too many barriers to be adequately involved in the standardisation system although the situation has already improved.

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