Institute for standardization of Serbia was granted a full membership status in the European organization for standardization CEN and CENELEC, by which the representatives of economy and other interested parties, are given equal participation in European standardization and a direct access to standardization documents.
Membership of the Institute in CEN and CENELEC has come into realization with assistance and support of the Ministry of Economy, which is responsible for the field of standardization, in accordance with the National program for adopting legal heritage (tekovina) of the European Union, using the Strategy for improving the quality infrastructure system in the Republic of Serbia for the period between 2015. and 2020. and represents a direct support to the negotiations in regard to Serbia’s joining European Union.
On this occasion, Tatjana Bojanic, Acting Director of the Institute, stated that the Institute was acknowledged as an eminent, modern and perspective organization, and that intends to get involved in all European activities of standardization as well as to invest in advancement of its' capacities.
Elena Santjago Cid, the General Director of CEN and CENELEC, pointed out that the Institute actively contributes to European standardization, supports innovations and technological development. Full membership of the Institute in these organizations represents a positive progress of events, not only for European standardization, but also for economy of the Balkans and the entire south-eastern Europe, which will further mean that the Republic of Serbia can be totally integrated in the unified European market.
The Institute’s application for full membership in European standardization organizations, was submitted in May 2016, after a few years of intensive work on the process of taking over European standards, and in the period between 5. and 7. September 2016, in accordance with the regulations of the European organizations for standardization CEN and CENELEC, an audit of Institutes’ preparedness (readiness) was carried out with an aim to determine whether and to what extent the Institute fulfills the criteria for gaining full membership of the above mentioned organizations. During the assessment no nonconformity was found in regard to the determined requirements.