The European Commission published on 1 June 2011 a proposal for a Regulation on European Standardisation1 to revise the current European system.
COCIR welcomes the European Commission’s proposal for better and faster
standards to advance Europe’s competitiveness. We expect that, when the proposal is accepted as a regulation, its implementation will support worldwide trade of medical devices, help reduce the cost of innovative medical technology and improve the quality of healthcare on a global scale. It will also foster innovation in products, services and processes to meet the opportunities and address the challenges in a fast-pace innovation-driven healthcare environment. Finally, it will address the needs of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector which has developed different structures globally with well established fora and consortia being in the lead of ICT standards development. In this respect COCIR explicitly welcomes Articles 9 and 10 of the proposed regulation which effectively complement the European standardization system with a process that accommodates the urgent needs of the ICT sector.