What is a standard?

A standard is a document that provides technical specifications, guidelines, practices for services or products.
A standard is a technical reference document that defines technical specifications, guidelines, practices concerning products, capital goods or services. It is drawn up by consensus and collectively, by all the actors in the field of activity: manufacturers, equipment manufacturers, tool manufacturers, independent garages, users, public authorities and local authorities, consumers....
The standard aims to:
  • Propose solutions to technical and commercial issues
  • Represent a know-how and propose one or more technologies Develop interoperability (languages, components)
  • Act as a quality, safety and trust factor to reduce constraints and optimize customer / supplier relations, simplify technical specifications and control product technical specifications
  • In some cases, support public policies (e.g. in support of European Directives),
The standard is voluntary, with some exceptions. In the latter case, the standard in question must be cited in a regulatory text

How is built a standard?

elaboration norme web

Timeframe: from 12 to 48 months

The BNA within the international (ISO), European (CEN) and national (FR) framework

In the automotive sector, most of standards come from international (ISO) or European (EN standards) levels. In this context, the role of BNA is to involve stakeholders in France in order to involve interested companies and organisations in France in order to draft contributions or establish national common positions on draft standards throughout their development process. This process involves formalized consultation steps.
In the field of cycles, the projects are mainly initiated at European level (CEN/TC 333 "Cycles") and developed in agreement between CEN and ISO at international level (ISO/TC 149/SC 1 "Cycles and main sub-assemblies").
With regard to emergency systems (road and air ambulances, stretchers, etc.) the standards are European home-grown (EN standards developed at CEN/TC 239).

The Standardisation System has been organised in order to optimise the 3 levels FR, EU and ISO. Also, in some cases, the process of developing a standard can be conducted in parallel at ISO, CEN, and therefore FR level, which results in the publication of a single NF EN ISO XXX reference standard.