“Discovery consists of seeing what everyone has seen and thinking what no one else has thought.” - Albert Szent-Györgyi

Innovation at UNI

Standardisation rhymes with innovation

Standardisation fosters innovation because it helps disseminate new products and technological solutions by opening up new markets and strengthening the relationship between business and the research world.

Reference practices

When the standard
it’s not there yet

Reference Practices (PdRs) introduce technical prescriptions or sectoral application models of specific standards when there are no national, European or international standards or draft standards.

They may contain good practices already in use in citizen/consumer services, sectoral applications of existing specifications, industry specifications, protocols for the management of proprietary brands, locally tested management models, nationally adopted CWAs.

Development of practices

Reference practices are elaborated on the basis of a rapid sharing process among authors only, which does not exceed 9 months. They arise around Tables set up and managed by UNI.


Verification of the existing normative context, political-strategic assessment, identification of experts


Formalisation of the contract with the proposer, definition of details

Start of work

Dissemination of information, gathering of stakeholder interest, kick-off meeting


Elaboration of the document and approval by the Table

Public consultation

Collection of comments and finalisation of the document


Ratification and publication of the document

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The reference practices are disseminated free of charge and, after a period of experimental application, can be transformed into a normative document or withdrawn.

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CEN Workshop Agreement

CEN Workshop Agreements (CWAs) are experimental technical documents developed rapidly with the discussion and contribution of all interested parties, with the same mechanisms of transparency and consensus as in voluntary standardisation. They are therefore particularly suitable for sharing innovative know-how and quickly transferring the results of Research and Innovation projects to the market.

The elaboration of CWA

CWAs are elaborated by a CEN Workshop (CEN/WS), whose Project Plan (PP) contains the background information, scope and objectives of the proposed CWA, work programme and potential stakeholders.


Drafting of PP containing all information


Kick-off meeting and approval of the PP


Elaboration of the document and possible Public Inquiry


Approval of the document by CEN/WS


By the CEN member standardisation bodies

Validity and verification

Verification of validity in the first 3 years of application

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Research & Innovation Projects

Together with large companies, SMEs, start-ups, universities, research centres, institutions, UNI participates in Research & Innovation projects funded at regional, national and European level. Its role is to support project activities and partners. How?

By facilitating knowledge dissemination, technology transfer, co-design and promoting market understanding of research results

By helping to set the context for new emerging markets and meeting legal requirements

Reducing the timing of innovation diffusion, increasing market exchange and enabling interoperability between new and old products/parts (and thus also between technologies)

Creating relationships - networking - with customers, competitors, suppliers, regulators, consumers/users

Promoting the acceptability of innovation to customers, public procurers and consumer confidence

Ongoing projects

Horizon Europe is the world’s largest transnational research and innovation programme. It is the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for the period 2021-2027 (the successor to Horizon 2020), with a total budget of EUR 95.5 billion. The programme finances research and innovation activities – or R&I support – with the aim of:

  • strengthen the Union’s scientific and technological basis and promote its competitiveness in all Member States.
  • Implement the Union’s strategic priorities and contribute to the realisation of European policies, helping to address the global challenges of our time, set out in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda and the Paris Climate Agreement.
  • Strengthening the European research area.

Participation in the Framework Programme is also open to third countries, such as Georgia, Norway, New Zealand, Tunisia and Turkey.

BIORADAR: Monitoring system of the environmental and social sustainability and circularity of industrial bio-based systems

#Bio-basedMaterials, #Bio-basedPlastics, #Bio-basedProducts

EUB SuperHub – European Building Sustainability performance and energy certification Hub

#Construction, #Sustainability

TREASURE: leading the TRansition of the European Automotive SUpply chain towards a circulaR futurE

#AI, #Automotive

CircThread – Building the Digital Thread for Circular Economy Product, Resource & Service Management

#CircularEconomy, #Data Access

E-SHyIPS: Ecosystemic knowledge in Standards for Hydrogen Implementation on Passenger Ships

#Hydrogen, #MaritimeTransport, #PassengerShips

ASINA: Anticipating Safety Issues at the Design Stage of NAno Product Development

#Nanotecnologies, #SafetyByDesign

Project Ô: demonstration of planning and technology tools for a circular, integrated and symbiotic use of water

#CircularEconomy, #PublicUtilities, #WaterManagement

RECLAIM: RE-manufaCturing and Refurbishment LArge Industrial equipment

#CircularEconomy, #Industry 4.0, #Remanufactoring

BIORECER: Biological Resources Certifications Schemes

#Bio-basedMaterials, #Bio-basedPlastics, #Bio-basedProducts, #BioFuels, #Certification, #Standards, #TechnicalCompliace, #Validation, #Verification

RobétArmé: Human-robot collaborative construction system for shotcrete digitization and automation through advanced perception, cognition, mobility and additive manufacturing skills

#CognitiveRobotPlatform, #Shotcrete

STAR4BBS: Sustainability Transition Assessment Rules for Bio-Based Systems

#Bio-basedMaterials, #Bio-basedPlastics, #Bio-basedProducts, #Certification, #Standards, #TechnicalCompliace, #Validation, #Verification

MOZART Morphing Computerized mats with Embodied Sensing and Artificial Intelligence

#AI, #IntelligentSystems, #MultiAgentSystems, #RoboticAutomaticControl

Finished projects

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Innovation Division

Strengthening of institutional as well as human capacities of Georgian National Agency for Standards and Metrology (GEOSTM) according to the international and european standards

The objectives of the project are to strengthen Georgia’s standardisation and metrology infrastructure and services in accordance with European and international standards; to initiate a robust legal approximation process; to develop quality infrastructure; to align GEOSTM’s practices and procedures with those of the European Union; and to expand and consolidate the standardisation system, with a focus on European research programmes.