Why standardisation is a pillar of our quality of life?

On the occasion of the World Standardisation Day on October 14, it is worth mentioning the extreme amount of work that has been done from the authorities and manufacturers, in order to enjoy the current standards of our home appliances. 

Standards are everywhere. In our nutrition, in the transport we use, in our households. Without them, our convenience and more importantly, our safety would have been at  stake.

On the occasion of the World Standardisation Day on October 14, it is worth mentioning the extreme amount of work that has been done from the authorities and manufacturers, in order to enjoy the current standards of our home appliances. 

For the home appliance industry, the biggest added value of the European standards is, when the references to the given standard are listed under respective legislation, granting the manufacturer that uses this standard so called presumption of conformity. Without this the whole principle of New Legislative Framework is lost.

Behind a multi-functioning washing machine, an energy-efficient refrigerator, a water-saving dishwasher or an oven with innovative features, there is a huge scientific knowledge of experts and endless hours of testing and experimenting in laboratories.

Standards – market relevance is a must 

Setting standards is an important process in which all stakeholders must be invited to share their knowledge and provide their expertise and technical know-how. Moreover, a clear legislative framework for the participation of the industry in setting new standards should always be a prerequisite to ensure a level playing field for stakeholders’ representation. 

In this regard, to develop standards properly, what should be taken into account are solid evidence for feasibility, proper measurability and repeatability. Being part of a globalised world and free market, European standardisation must be drafted with a clear reference to international standards.

APPLiA has repeatedly reiterated its focus on standardisation in the past. For instance, the organisation of workshops on home appliance testing  (video 1video 2video 3) provided a great opportunity for manufacturers, policymakers, experts, market surveillance authorities and consumer associations to sit on the same table and to strengthen their knowledge on the methodology.

Quality matters. Because at the end of the day, by setting standards in home appliances, we set standards in our lives.