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Seconded European Standardization Expert in India

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European Commission

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European Standards Organisations CEN (European Committee for Standardization)

  • CEN is a major provider of European Standards and technical specifications. It is the only recognized European organization according to Directive 98/34/EC for the planning, drafting and adoption of European Standards in all areas of economic activity with the exception of electrotechnology (CENELEC) and telecommunication (ETSI).

  • It has 31 National Members who work together to develop voluntary European Standards.

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CENELEC (European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization)

  • CENELEC’s mission is to prepare voluntary electrotechnical standards that help develop the Single European Market/European Economic Area for electrical and electronic goods and services removing barriers to trade, creating new markets and cutting compliance costs.

  • It works with 15,000 technical experts from 31 European countries.

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ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute)

  • ETSI produces globally-applicable standards for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), including fixed, mobile, radio, converged, broadcast and internet technologies.

  • It is a not-for-profit organization with more than 800 ETSI member organizations drawn from 64 countries across 5 continents world-wide.

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Other standards-related organisations

ANEC (The European Consumer Voice in Standardization)
  • Defends consumer interests in the process of standardisation and certification.

  • Participates through its voluntary experts in the standards development work of CEN, CENELEC and ETSI.

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CEOC (European Confederation of Organizations for Testing, Inspection, Certification and Prevention)

  • Not-for-profit organisation representing 29 independent inspection and certification organisations in 22 countries.

  • Promotes safety, quality and the environment through independent inspection and certification.

  • Contributes to the standardisation work (CEN, ISO, ISO-CASCO)

  • Establishes industry best practice and guidance for safety inspection of plant, equipment and machinery and for the inspection of environmental measures.

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EA (European Cooperation for Accreditation)

  • European network of nationally recognised accreditation bodies located in the European geographical area.

  • Defines, harmonizes and builds consistency in accreditation as a service in Europe, by ensuring common interpretation of the standards used by its members.

  • EA covers accreditation of laboratories, inspection bodies and certification bodies.

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ECOS (European Environmental Citizens Organization for Standardization)

  • A consortium of environmental NGOs created to enhance the voice of environmental protection in the standardisation processes.

  • Aims at increasing the ecological performance of products, ensuring sound measurement methods for pollutants, greening management systems in businesses and improving consumer information towards sustainable consumption.

  • Mainly involved in monitoring the activities of the international standardisation bodies (CEN, CENELEC, ISO, IEC) and product policies at EU level.

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EFSA (European Food Safety Authority)

  • Keystone of the European Union’s risk assessment regarding food and feed safety.

  • Provides independent scientific advice and clear communication on existing and emerging risks.

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EFTA (European Free Trade Association)

  • EFTA is an intergovernmental organisation set up for the promotion of free trade and economic integration to the benefit of its member states.

  • Today its member states are Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • The EFTA countries and the European Commission closely cooperate on creating and implementing a European standardisation policy. This includes parallel financing of standards-related work carried out by CEN, CENELEC and ETSI. EFTA Member States use the same standards as EU countries and have the same conformity assessment procedure.

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 ETUI (The Health and Safety Department of the European Trade Union Institute)

  • Aims at promoting high standards of health and safety at the workplace throughout Europe.

  • Runs networks of experts on technical standardisation (ergonomics, safety of machinery) and hazardous substances (classification, risk assessment, setting occupational exposure limits).

  • An associate member of CEN.

  • Financially supported by the European Community.

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EURAMET (European Association of National Metrology Institutes)

  • Regional Metrology Organisation of Europe.

  • Coordinates the cooperation of National Metrology Institutes of Europe in fields like research in metrology, traceability of measurements to the SI units, international recognition of national measurement standards and of the Calibration and Measurement Capabilities of its members.

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 EUROLAB (European Federation of National Associations of Measurement, Testing and Analytical Laboratories)

  • Formulates and voices the opinion of European laboratories regarding political and technical issues having a direct impact on their activity, both on the European scene and worldwide.

  • Coordinates the interest and activities of European laboratory communities striving to avoid duplication of efforts.

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WELMEC (European Cooperation in Legal Metrology)

  • The principal aim of WELMEC is to establish a harmonised and consistent approach to European legal metrology.

  • Currently 37 countries are represented on the WELMEC Committee.

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European standard-related projects in India

SESEI (Seconded European Standardization Expert for India)
  • Launched in India in 2013.

  • Jointly owned and operated by CEN, CENELEC and ETSI, as well as supported and co-sponsored by the European Commission and the EFTA.

  • Enhances the visibility of European standardization activities and increase cooperation between standardization bodies in Europe and India.

  • Supports European industries with standardization related issues of market access to India.

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EU-India co-operation on ICT-related standardisation, policy and legislation

India and EU at a “Digital India Roundtable” event in Brussels on 15 April 2015 committed to work together for international ICT standardisation to define new standards e.g. on telecom security, energy efficient ICT or emerging technologies such as machine-to-machine communications.

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and Telecommunications Standards Development Society of India (TSDSI), the two standards institutes, will bring together the key Indian stakeholders, the Department of Telecommunications, the Telecommunications Centres of Excellence (a partnership of government, industry & academia), the Cellular Operators Association (representing telecom operators and network vendors active in India), and the Central Statistics Office as well as their European counterparts, the European Commission (DG CONNECT), DigitalEurope (representing the digital technology industry in Europe), and Eurostat, the EU’s statistical arm, to build a partnership that will support investment and exports of European ICT companies in India and contribute to setting global standards.

An important milestone achieved from the workshop held on 19th May 2015 in New Delhi was the identification of priority topics for India-EU collaboration by TSDSI members for the horizon of next 4 years: 5G, Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications for Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), and Network Function Virtualization/Software Defined Networking (NFV/SDN).

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