On June 1, 2011, the European Commission published a communication setting out its new policy on standardization. The aim of the reforms is to streamline existing rules on standardization, promote interoperability and innovation in standards and ensure user choice.
One of the Commission's new initiatives is the creation of an annual Work Programme to identify priorities for European standardization. In addition, the Commission acknowledged in its new policy the role of specialized global fora and consortia in the development of standards. Such bodies play an increasingly important part in standard-setting, but this role has not previously been reflected in Commission policy.
At the same time, the Commission published proposals for a new regulation on standardization, which will also cover standards for services. The regulation will allow for public procurement documents, such as invitations to tender by public bodies, to reference selected standards for information and communication technology, provided that these standards comply with certain quality criteria.