Contribute to the EU Policy on Standardisation
The importance for SMEs through SBS is also to monitor EU policy and have a direct and constructive contact with European institutions, regarding SMEs and Standardisation. SBS main objective is to promote more SME-Friendly Standards, and this overall objective goes also through collaboration and synergies with EU stakeholders.
- SBS meetings:
Vademecum Task force
The Vademecum Task Force met for the first time in 2015 on 18th February and it was aimed to agree on final versions of the Vademecum documents. Indeed, the Vademecum is a guide for EC officials, Member States and standardisation stakeholders addressing the general role, preparation and adoption process of the standardisation requests, as well as common requirements for drafting harmonised standards.
Over the course of the six weeks of the TF activities, SBS participated in weekly meetings, and regarded this contribution exercise as crucial in order to defend better inclusiveness of SMEs in the process, and to maintain a more transparent process for mandated standards. The real achievement for SBS in this process is that the role and participation of SMEs have been adequately confirmed and mentioned in all steps of mandated-standards as well as in the Annex Z.
SME Working group on communication towards trade organisations – 4 February 2015
The first meeting of the SME Working Group took place on 4th February and concerned its Task Force 1 related to communication towards SMEs. NSBs discussed how to update the SME toolbox of solutions, giving more visibility to SBS, national toolboxes and SME testimonies. SBS had provided a first SME testimonial in 2014 and agreed to pursue this positive collaboration to enable SMEs to contribute to such a tool and to actively express their points of view.
Joint meetings between EC, EFTA AND THE ANNEX III ORGANISATIONS – 5 March 2015
On 5th March 2015, EFTA organised a meeting between its members, the European Commission, SBS and the other Annex III Organisations within the EFTA Brussels headquarters. SBS presented an overview of its role and objectives since its founding in 2013 as well as its biggest achievements in representing SME interests within the European Standardisation System. Additionally, during the meeting participants discussed important issues regarding the representation of SMEs and other Annex III Organisation stakeholders, potential synergies with national standardisation bodies of EFTA Member States and the objective of creating an inclusive and open standardisation system in more detail.
CEN-CENELEC BT WG Market Relevance Meeting – 26 March 2015
On 26th March, the CEN-CENELEC BT Working Group on ‘Market Relevance’ got together to discuss the assessment of market relevance in new work item forms for the development of new or the revision of existing standards within technical committees of CEN and CENELEC. A central point on the agenda of the meeting constituted the results of a survey to technical committees on the usage of the new work item form and TC secretariats’ experience in justifying the revision of a standard or assessing compliance with market relevance.
SBS has been engaged in these activities since 2014. Please click here to find all the meetings attended in 2014 to ensure SME-Friendly Standards.
SBS positions are consistently the result of a wide consultation, extended well beyond the already representative landscape of the SBS membership. Consultations are addressed to the wide SBS network of SME-representative member associations, and further.
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