GS1 in Europe signs the Joint Initiative on Standardisation

We are very pleased to announce that today GS1 in Europe signed the Joint Initiative on Standardisation and became a member of its Steering Group.

“Signing the initiative and joining its Steering Group gives GS1 the opportunity to play a key role in shaping concrete actions to further drive innovation and raise awareness of the importance of standards. I am thankful that Elzbieta Halas, GS1 Poland, has accepted to represent us in the Group”, said Bruno Aceto, Chairman GS1 in Europe.

Background on the Joint Initiative on Standardisation

The Joint Initiative on Standardisation (JIS) was adopted by the EU on 1 June 2016. In its Communication, the European Commission (EC) gives a broad vision for the future of the European Standardisation System that the EC, as announced in the Single Market Strategy, intends to modernise, better prioritise, speed up and streamline, in cooperation with standardisation organisations and bodies, industry and their associations, consumer associations, trade unions, environmental organisations, Member States and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) by the end of 2019. The JIS Steering Group drives and monitors the Initiative from start to completion and its terms of reference will be discussed at a later stage by the participants.
The complete list of actions and the participants involved will be presented and formally tabled on 14 October at the occasion of “World Standards Day”.

The JIS is a bottom-up, collaborative, co-regulation initiative whose text has been developed by an Editorial Committee. It is voluntary and aims to develop innovation-friendly legislation. The Editorial Committee was chaired by the European Commission and the EFTA Secretariat (International Organisation set-up for the promotion of free trade and economic integration with : Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland) took up the role of JIS meetings Secretariat.
EFTA’s Margrethe Asserson will present the Initiative during a GS1 Public Policy Lunch & Learn at the Industry and Standards Event in Brussels on Tuesday, 4 October 2016.

About GS1 in Europe

GS1 is a neutral, not-for-profit organisation that develops and maintains the most widely used supply chain standards system in the world. GS1 standards improve the efficiency, safety and visibility of supply chains across multiple sectors.
GS1 in Europe is the regional platform of GS1 gathering 47 different local Member Organisations engaging with communities of trading partners, industry organisations, governments and technology providers to understand and respond to their business needs through the adoption and implementation of global standards.
GS1 in Europe also builds relationships with the European Commission and other relevant European institutions, in close collaboration with European industry associations to deliver first-hand and up-to-date information relevant to businesses.
For more information, go to GS1 in Europe. 

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