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The National Delegation Principle

International and European standards are developed according to the National Delegation Principle: each national standardization body sends a delegation of experts to represent the national standpoint.

National Delegations

Mirror committees

The national standpoints are drawn up in

national committees that “mirror” the Technical Committees at European or international level.


This allows stakeholders to work together in their own native language – a definite advantage.


“Stakeholders” in standardization include manufacturers and services providers, consumers, trade unions, researchers and scientists, academia, businesses, public administrations, testing bodies and laboratories, associations, NGOs, etc.

Companies and organizations nominate their experts to participate in the relevant technical bodies of standardization organizations.

All stakeholders can take part
in standardization work.


Go to the next chapter:

B.1.4 Types of standards

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