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Standardisation led by stakeholders

Target: Stakeholder needs shall guide the development of standards

Standards should be developed by expert groups with broad knowledge and multi-faceted experience in the field. It is especially important that those who will actually comply with the demands of the standards, and those who are affected by the standards, are given substantial influence. It is also necessary that government agencies are given the mandate and resources to actively participate in standardisation projects, and that the agencies prioritise participation. This especially applies when developing standards used as reference in the exercise of government authority. To enable broad participation it must be easy to obtain information about ongoing standardisation work and easy to participate and influence. New funding models and project forms must be developed to engage the necessary expertise. The standardisation bodies should use existing channels, e.g. interest groups and trade organisations, in a more systematic manner to disseminate targeted information. Complementary ways of influencing the content of standards should also be developed and the opportunity to review and comment on proposals for new standards free of charge should be communicated more clearly. A thorough target analysis and follow-up in the form of initiatives to assure the influence of under-represented groups are required to guarantee well-balanced expert groups. For example, special initiatives may be needed to assure representation of smaller companies as well as environmental and public interests in relevant standardisation projects. Work with developing standards must be conducted in an open and inclusive manner. Meetings and other forms of communication must be adapted to utilise also the expertise of participants who are unaccustomed to standardisation work.


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