Development of products, services and processes requires increased integration and cooperation between different fields of knowledge. In addition, the demands for social responsibility for a sustainable development are increasing. When standards from different fields work well together, and new standards are developed for the interfaces that arise between the technologies and disciplines, standardisation becomes an effective tool and a catalyst for coordination, consensus, safety and sustainable development. Active measures for increased Swedish coordination are necessary to
achieve more system-oriented standardisation work. On a general plane, all affected parties in Sweden – trade and industry, the public sector, standardisation bodies and academia – must develop and implement individual action plans to fulfil the common Targets of this strategy. Sweden has the potential to be – and should be – a leader in systemoriented work within international standardisation. In this role, Sweden can also actively work to minimise redundant standardisation initiatives and to make standards compatible in fields that are closely related. A prerequisite for success is that collaboration and the exchange of knowledge between different Swedish expert groups becomes more efficient. General matters such as those concerning the environment, health, safety and a society open to all must be considered in all work, and groups that handle closely related fields must exchange information and collaborate. Collaboration and coordination within and between different standardisation bodies must become routine when it comes to system-wide matters.