European Trade Union Institute, ETUI.


Standardisation is increasingly affecting the working conditions (product safety, nanotechnology, environment, service, energy, transport, etc.): ETUI is currently dealing with "mandated" standards supporting "product" Directives, with priority given to standards covering machinery safety and ergonomics. These pages also offer information and recommendations on how trade unions can play a role in ensuring that standards adequately integrate workers' concerns.


The significant impact of Standardisation on workers can be measured by looking at the list of Sectors where standards are being prepared, as well as by looking at this brochure produced by CEN & CENELEC.

The reader is invited to explore the issue of HesaMag providing a special report provides fresh information and reflections on the new opportunities for trade union involvement in Standardisation.


The "Editorial Committee" for the "Joint Initiative on European Standardisation" under the Single Market Strategy [(COM)2015, 550final] is on action, with the same Commission team (Bollens, Mamalis, Grones, Vaccaro, Viljanen, Tessarolo) that successfully finalized the Vademecum on European Standardisation.

Under the supervision of Mr. Aguinaga, the chairmanship of Mr. Bollens is addressing and solving smoothly difficult items, with full satisfaction of the experts around the table regardless of their different background and sponsorship.

Mrs. Kerstin Jorna - Director, Industrial Property, Innovation & Standards, DG GROW - promotes the Joint Initiative to fulfill the Juncker priorities and the Single Market Strategy (SMS): as European Standardisation will play a key role in promoting growth and employment, the Joint Initiative will identify concrete and specific initiatives that could be delivered within the newt few years.

Stefano Boy and Christophe Hauert ensure the active contribution of ETUI and ETUC.