Making a Standard

Making a standard means writing a document that explains "how to guarantee well made things", while guaranteeing safety, respect for the environment and reliable performance.


The 4 characteristics of a standard


The standard is approved with the consent of those who participated in the work.


All economic and social stakeholders can participate in the work and make comments before approval.


Milestones in the approval process are public and the draft is always available to interested parties.


Stakeholders adhere to the standard not by imposition, but by choice.

Who participates

A collective process

Technical Bodies

Committees, sub-committees and working groups, which represent who will use and benefit from the standards.

The Federated Bodies

Independent partners entrusted with standardization activities in specific sectors.

Central Technical Commission

Provides directives, coordinates and supervises the works.

The process

The standard goes four ways

The path of a standard includes four major stages.

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Getting into the study

Following the request – coming from the market, institutions, consumers or the UNI technical bodies themselves – we proceed with the study of a new normative work that would offer a reference, a certain and shared regulation to operators.

Do you want to participate in the works?

Through the Preliminary Public Information (PPI), in total transparency, UNI communicates the general references of the draft standard to stakeholders and makes them available online to give them and the public the opportunity to express interest in participating in the work.

For projects for the adoption of ISO standards and CEN technical reports (CEN/TR) it is possible to indicate whether the documents already issued by CEN or ISO can respond to national needs from a technical point of view.

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Drafting the project

The draft is drawn up by the relevant UNI Technical Body made up of experts representing the economic and social stakeholders (producers, users, traders, research centres, consumers, public administration, etc.).

UNI is always super partes

UNI is the guarantor

  • of a pact between the different stakeholders;
  • which enables the synthesis of solutions for all;
  • on the basis of the plurality of problems of individuals.

UNI coordinates the work, makes its organisational structure available and ensures that the rules of standardisation are respected.

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Public Inquiry

The document approved by the competent technical committee made freely available to the market for comments – in particular from those who were not able to participate in the first discussion phase – in order to obtain the broadest consensus from the economic and social partners concerned.

Final Public Inquiry

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Non-unanimous vote. What happens?

To proceed, it is always necessary to reach a general consensus, without any component of the interests at issue being opposed to the essential elements of the standard. And to take into account the views of all parties involved by reconciling any conflicting opinions’ (UNI CEI EN 45020:2007)

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Finally, the standard, once ratified by the President, cuts the final milestone with its publication, entry into force, inclusion in the catalogue and the possibility for all to purchase or consult it.

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