Why are Standards so important in the EU?
In the EU, a common regulatory framework ensures a level playing field. Member States implement common rules and work to put in place a comon European standard framework which guarantees that no Member State can gain a competitive advantage by undercutting a common set of standards or regulations.
Brexit impacts on Standards
Looking long-term, it is likely that internationally recognised standards will continue to be acknowledged and trusted all over the world as a mark of value, transparency and an assurance that a level of quality has been reached. As trade becomes increasingly global national standards will have less influence on trade with the emphasis moving to internationally recognised standards when agreeing trade deals.
No matter what form the final Brexit agreement takes, there will likely be repercussions on regulations and standards. Impacts in regulations and standards will also be affected by changes in the overall trading environment and both products and services will likely be impacted.
What are Harmonised European Standards (hENs)?
Harmonised standards are produced in response to a mandate from the European Commission to the European standards organisations, the Comité Européen de Normalisation (CEN), the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation (CENELEC) and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). When adopted, they are listed in the Official Journal of the European Union. Products within the scope of the relevant Directive produced in accordance with harmonised standards will enjoy a presumption of conformity with the relevant essential requirements (ERs).
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