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The current European Standardisation scenario: understanding the necessity of a trade union surveillance

The current European Standardisation scenario cannot be understood without taking into account a number of past and current initiatives.

We start by mentioning the New Legislative Framework modernising the New Approach for marketing of products adopted in Council on 9 July 2008 and finally published in the Official Journal on 13 August 2008.

Standardisation has also been the focus of several studies. Here a selection among others:

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All this work at European level reaffirms that European standardisation system plays a key role in responding to the increasing need, in European policy and legislation, for standards capable of ensuring product safety, accessibility, innovation, interoperability and environmental protection; but it also stresses the necessity to review the European standards process to ensure that all stakeholders – in particular those representing health and safety, consumer and environmental interests – are adequately represented in the standard-setting process within the European standardisation system.