Contribution to Standards
Standardisation is a major part for dissemination of results in European projects. Within this project, standardisation is supportive to the European Partnership activities. NEN, the Netherlands Standardisation Institute, is involved to provide such standardisation knowledge. As a member of both ISO and CEN, it combines the standards processing ability and the technical know-how, whereas its two parent-organisations are more administratively focused. NEN has access to and knowledge of all standards of the major standardisation bodies.
In relation to the project, NEN holds the CEN secretariat of the European technical committee involved with fuels and alternative fuels (both stationary as well as automotive). This so-called CEN/TC 19 is active in characterising product quality, for quantity measurement and for operational procedures, e.g. a quality monitoring system for fuels including alternative fuels like biofuels. Most of its Standards are (in)directly related to EC regulation (Directives and Mandates).
By establishing this direct link with the CEN/TC 19 secretariat the project could easily exchange information to the European partnership activities and where needed first hand input to standards development can be provided to CEN/TC 19.
The principal deliverable of CEN is the European standard (EN), which must be published by each of the National Standardization Bodies (NSBs) as an identical national standard, with any pre-existing national standards in conflict being withdrawn. Therefore, its standards are often referred to in EU legislation. A European standard embodies the essential principles of global openness and transparency, consensus, technical coherence and national commitment.
More recently, CEN has created the CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA) as a deliverable which aims to bridge the gap between the activities of consortia and the formal process of standardisation represented by CEN. An important distinction is that the CWA is developed by CEN Workshops, comprising only participants with direct interest, and so it is not accorded the status of a European standard.
This CWA has fulfilled immediate needs within this project. Especially when specific European legislative needs were identified or when finalisation through the more time-consuming CEN-process could not be guaranteed within the time schedule of the project.
As a CWA is either established by a small amount of meetings of interested parties, or by a public workshop (both supported by website communication), this work could easily be organized by NEN.