Why are Standards important?
Standards form a common language that allows researchers, people, public institutions and industry to communicate, produce and commercialize products and services. This is especially important in the European single market. The European Green Deal and the Industrial Strategy for Europe make clear that developing new standards will be essential to boost industry’s competitiveness, build a sustainable future and shape a Europe fit for the digital age. The New Standardization Strategy presented in 2022 by the European Commission highlights the importance of standardization in promoting the uptake of results from EU research and innovation projects, allowing new technologies to scale–up and enter into the market.
How R&I can contribute to Standardization and vice versa?
Standards are a crucial tool to valorize research results.
- They help researchers bring their innovation to the market and spread technological advances by making their results transparent and ensuring high quality. Standards give confidence to consumers that an innovative technology is safe;
- They codify the technology requirements and inform both manufacturers and consumers on what to expect;
- They allow technologies and materials to be interoperable: since a standard provides details on the use and content of a technology or a material, it is much easier to know when and how it can be used in combination with other technologies.
UNE – Spanish Association for Standardization – is participating in the NICKEFFECT project as the partner responsible for the standardization activities. The deliverable D7.3 “Report on standardization landscape and contribution to standards” was developed by UNE and submitted to the EC last 31st May 2023 and now the project is immersed in the contribution to standardization stage.
Source: European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, Valorisation policies – Making research results work for society – From research to standards, Publications Office of the European Union, 2022, https://data.europa.eu/doi/10.2777/59060