SBS was established on 25th October 2013 as an international non-profit association. SBS’ objectives are derived from Regulation (EU) No 1025/2012 which sets out a long-term vision for the European Standardisation System. The focus of this regulation is on improvements that will ensure better support for European policies fostering growth and competitiveness. SBS is one of the four “Annex III” organisations mandated by the European Commission to represent SMEs in the context of standardisation.
In the European Standardisation System, Small Business Standards's mission is to:
- Represent the interests of SMEs in the standardisation process;
- Raise their awareness about standardisation and facilitating their uptake of standards;
- Motivate them to engage in the standardisation process.
The association represents the interests of 14 million SMEs through 21 SME member organisations.