Standardisation: EU Law

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 1st March 2017.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has for membership of the European Committee for Standardisation and the enforcement of that Committee's standards after the UK leaves the EU.

Photo of Jo Johnson Jo Johnson Minister of State (Department for Education) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Education)

The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) is not an EU body, although it has a special status in the EU. We are working with BSI, the UK’s national standards body and the UK member of CEN, to ensure that our future relationship with CEN and the other European Standards Organisations continues to support a productive, open and competitive business environment in the UK. Standards are voluntary and distinct from regulations, and users of standards are responsible for their correct application.

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