TOP-REF participated in the last edition of “Standards: Your Innovation Bridge”, the international reference conference on safety and quality standards. The event took place the 30th of October in Brussels, and was organized by two of the main officially recognized European Standardization Organisations: the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC)
TOP-REF’s participation at this forum was due to the vital role that standardization will play in the execution of the project. To ensure TOP-REF impacts, specific Key Resources Indicators (KRI) will be developed and harmonized, in order to foster the greening and the competiveness of the European process industry.
The TOP-REF partner Danish Standards Foundation is the organization in charge of following the progress and the results that will come forward.The aim is to ensure that the research results regarding the Key Resource Indicators (KRI) are elaborated to make the basis for new standards or a supplement to existing standards.
Danish Standards Foundation will take the necessary actions to propose the elaboration of a pre-standard document or, if the necessary consensus is established, a formal standard.
The pre-standard document will be a Cen Workshop Agreement, according to the research results and the ambitions of the project team
Also, the standardization process will secure transparency and dissemination of results using the networks of national standardization bodies and members of relevant national mirror committees. Once the standard document has been finalized, it will be accessible for all interested parties.
Standards: Your innovation Bridge
The conference was a reference point to open and promote the discussion between leading experts on innovation and standardization issues. The aim is to demonstrate how standardization can support innovation and competitiveness, bridge the gap between innovation and the market, or contribute to the success of Horizon2020.
It’s organization has been possible thanks to the cooperation between two of the three officially recognized European Standardization Organisations: the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC).
Working closely with the European Commission to ensure that standards correspond with any relevant EU legislation, CEN and CENELEC also cooperate respectively with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), to reach agreements on common standards that can be applied throughout the whole world, thereby facilitating international trade.