Why do researchers need standards and standardisation?

  • Beginner 1, Course 1

Many research projects' results did not reach their full potential in the industry, markets and society. The reasons for this are many. Standardisation as a knowledge transfer channel and tool for the valorisation and dissemination of research results must be addressed more adequately. Some research results are not suitable for standardisation, some have not been elaborated enough, and some projects did not have access to standardisation processes that would make their solutions available to interested parties and the industry. In such situations, everyone loses, including researchers whose results did not reach interested parties who would be interested in applying the developed solution. European standards organisations CEN and CENELEC developed steps for supporting researchers to enrol in standards development with their knowledge and research outcomes and to benefit from it. Further, European standards organisations help them access technology and knowledge regarding the market, technology, and policy changes that support 
their entry into the market, provide in-demand customer service and get their R&I research proposal accepted by including standardisation in their research proposal.1 CEN and CENELEC developed steps for supporting innovators to enrol in standards development and promote their innovation through standards.

After completing this module, you should be able to:

  1. Understand why researchers need standards;
  2. Understand why standardisation needs researchers;
  3. Understand that standards ensure the quality and interoperability of research processes;
  4. Understand that standards ensure the safety of research results;
  5. Understand that standards prevent researchers from ‘’reinventing the wheel’’;
  6. Understand that standards ensure and promote common best-practice solutions;
  7. Understand that standardisation helps researchers to achieve common agreements leading to interoperability, compatibility, and terminology;
  8. Understand that standardisation enhances scientific co-operation, networking, and learning;
  9. Understand that standardisation shapes practices that lead to innovation;
  10. Understand that standardisation can be a tool used to convert research results to innovative technologies, products, and services;
  11. Understand that standardisation ensures the commercialisation of research results;
  12. Understand that standardisation ensures the subsequent use of research results; and
  13. Understand that standardisation can be a tool used to support the regulatory framework.
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Training Courses
University of Belgrade in Serbia
Ivana Mijatovic
Biljana Tosic