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What is a standard?

A standard is a document designed for voluntary use which results from consensus, based on the results of experience and technological development and approved by a recognised standardisation body.

Standards guarantee quality levels and security that allow any company to better position itself on the market and constitute a significant source of information for professionals of any economic activity.

As a result of the importance of standardisation for industrial development and the general development of the economy, a comprehensive document on FAQs on standardisation  can be found on website of the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism of the Government of Spain.External website, a new window will be opened.

Standards in our life


Standards indicate how a product or service should be in order to be safe and meet consumers' expectations.

The following documents correspond to the section Standards in Our Life of the AENOR magazine, where every month standards are shown being applied to different scenarios taken from everyday life:

Standards and legislation


Standards are documents designed for voluntary use, and may only become legally compulsory if legislation follows the lead of the standards or refers to them as compulsory in legal provisions currently in force from time to time.

In order to provide public authorities information on the various options arising from the use of standards as support to the development of legal documents and general public policies, the CEN European standards bodies and CENELEC have published the Guide 30 European Guide on Standards and Regulation. Better regulation through the use of voluntary standards. Guide for regulators. PDF Format  (601 kB)


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