What is a standard?

A standard is a document that provides technical specifications, guidelines, practices for services or products.
It is drafted collectively and by consensus, between the actors of the field of activity: manufacturers, equipment manufacturers, tool makers, independent garages, users, public authorities and local authorities, consumers...

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 develop a national common position on each of the standards.
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).

How to participate - Code of Conduct

The BNA's standardization committees are open to participation by any interested party upon request, subject to financial contribution.
The fee includes (per standardization commission):
  • the possibility of registering 3 experts per standardization commission to participate in the drafting of standards and in the development of national positions,
  • access to working documents (new versions of draft standards),
  • regular information on the progress of the work (new standards or revisions),
  • the possibility to be appointed as expert in international or european working groups monitored by the committee.

A Vade-mecum common to the standardization bodies in France, reminds the aims of standardization, as well as the actions and commitments expected from the experts:

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