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Standardisation: EU Law

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 65131, tabled on 22 February 2017

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.

Answered on

1 March 2017

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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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy