The Swedish Standardisation Federation has taken the initiative to develop a strategy for Swedish standardisation. The result of this work is presented here.
Standards are important for Swedish trade and industry, public administration as well as for Sweden as a nation.
For an export-dependent country such as Sweden standardisation is a prerequisite for our international competitiveness. Standards promote innovation as they provide market access for newly developed products. Standards are a vital component in negotiations on free trade agreements. The use of standards is increasing for services and as support for legislation according to “The New Approach”.
Many successful countries already have an explicit strategy for standardisation. Germany may have the most elaborate strategy for securing its role as a leading export nation. Countries such as China, South Korea and the United States of America are other examples of nations with well-established strategies.
Sweden needs to make concerted efforts to achieve success with national and international standardisation. We need to clarify the various roles and responsibilities, and we need challenging objectives that promote Sweden as a leading industrial nation and a responsible society. We are convinced that this strategy will give us a better foundation than before for jointly conducting work with standardisation that contributes to the greatest possible public benefit.
This strategy provides guidance for:
- How we can promote Swedish interests in the international standardisation arena
- How we best can use standards as support for legislation and for effective regulatory supervision
- How we best can take action so that standardisation will function as efficiently as possible and meet the needs of customers and society, both now and in the future
The working process for developing this strategy was based on:
- Involvement of many stakeholders
- One strategy for all of Sweden
The work was carried out in three steps. A round of exhaustive interviews and open-source intelligence studies has been followed by a workshop and lastly an extensive round of enquiries. The participants in the various review stages represent a broad range of organisations in Sweden: government agencies, interest groups, standardisation organisations, large, medium and small businesses, and others. In total, more than 70 different stakeholders have been involved in this work. With this broad base of support we can proudly say that this is a true Swedish strategy for standardisation.
The strategy is oriented to those who are active in standardisation work and who may also have participated in the development of the strategy, as well as to those who are not active at present but who have a significant role in ensuring the strategy’s realisation. The expectation of the The Swedish Standardisation Federation is that this strategy will lead to action plans for standardisation at businesses, government agencies, standardisation organisations, universities and colleges, and many other organisations. The objective is that a Swedish standardisation of world class will create success for Swedish interests and benefit society on a broad front.