Standards can serve as support in implementing laws and regulations. Decisions regarding requirement levels for health, safety and environmental protection for example, must always be made by legislators. Guidance on how to comply with these requirements can however, be provided by voluntary standards developed by experts with detailed knowledge in the relevant field. This lessens the regulatory burden, increases flexibility and provides more space for innovative solutions. At the same time, regulatory bodies can rely on well-grounded decision-making documentation that constitutes best practices in the market and thus conserve resources by reducing the need for in-house-developed guidelines. The possibility of using standards to support the application of laws and regulations should be considered when laws and regulations are developed or revised. This is particularly relevant when standards already exist in a field. Referring to existing standards – or working to develop standards – instead of creating national guidelines is resource-efficient, decreases the flora of national standards and guidelines, and facilitates global harmonisation of technical regulations. When appropriate, Sweden should advocate that European legislation be limited to essential requirements. Detailed proposals on how to fulfil the requirements are instead provided in standards developed in an open dialogue with concerned stakeholders. This reduces management in detail, increases freedom of action and promotes innovation.