Standards help to bridge the gap between research and market.

Standardisation work typically involves conceptual, technical, and political activities that together are focused on achieving consensus among a group of stakeholders. The outcome is essentially just a document that represents a stable reference point and sometimes includes detailed technical specifications. How this document is viewed, however, both by the stakeholders and the standard-makers may differ considerably. In some countries, standards are seen as vehicles for execution of national or regional government policies. China may here serve as a case in point.

While in other countries more driven by market economy, like in Europe and USA, standards are mainly recommendations up to the market to embrace. Standardisation is also a design activity that has much in common with innovation processes, both in the technical, organisational and political fields. Several approaches, such as Recursive knowledge and technology transfer and SSCI (search, select, capture and implement) , have been already suggested in the literature to enhance and make the standard setting process more agile, however not all the barriers have been overcome leading to the need to keep pursuing the work in this field, where STAND4EU can support.

The expecteded impacts of the STAND4EU:

  • KSO D, Creating a more resilient, inclusive and democratic European society, prepared and responsive to threats and disasters, addressing inequalities and providing high-quality health care, and empowering all citizens to act in the green and digital transitions;
  • A human-centred and ethical development of digital and industrial technologies, through a two-way engagement in the development of technologies, empowering end-users and workers, and supporting social innovation;
  • Europe leading in the green and digital transitions;
  • Set the path to recovery towards a greener, digital and more resilient economy and society;
  • Support the rapid adoption of new technologies offers to increase the potential for improved standards of living, safer mobility, better healthcare, new jobs, or the personalisation of public services.