The European Standards Bodies (CEN, CENELEC and ETSI) define standards as documents, established by consensus and approved by a recognised body, that provide guidelines, rules or characteristics for activities or their results, aimed at the achievement of the optimum degree of order in a given context for common and repeated use. Standards should stem from consolidated results of experience, science, and technology, with the aim to promote optimum community benefits. Despite these initial assumptions, over recent years, it has been increasingly echoed that standardisation is not seen in a positive light.
During the H2020-funded ENCIRCLE project (2017-2021), for example, practitioners expressed their reluctancy about how standards are made, pointing out that some existing standards do not match their needs – as experts are not duly taken into consideration during their co-creation process – or are outdated, as they do not keep the pace with technological advancements. Others exist but are not well known by who could benefit from them. It seems therefore that the entire standardisation ecosystem suffers from fragmentation.
Against this backdrop, an experienced, multi-disciplinary team of specialists representing nine organisations located in Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Ireland and Italy has developed PEERS project (PracticE Ecosystem for standaRdS).
PEERS is a Horizon Europe project funded under the call CL3‐2021‐DRS‐01‐04 – Developing a prioritisation mechanism for research programming in standardisation related to natural hazards and/or CBRN-E sectors.