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CEN-CENELEC proposal for the creation of a new CEN-CLC/JTC Technical Committee “Artificial Intelligence”

The national standards body of Denmark (DS) submitted a proposal to CCMC for the creation of a new CEN-CENELEC Joint Technical Committee (CEN-CLC/JTC) on Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Scope statement of the proposed new subject: The JTC shall produce standardization deliverables in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and related data, as well as provide guidance to other technical committees concerned with Artificial Intelligence.
The JTC shall also consider the adoption of relevant international standards and standards from other organisations, like ISO/IEC JTC 1 and its subcommittees, such as SC 42 Artificial intelligence.
The JTC shall produce standardization deliverables to address European market and societal needs, as well as underpinning EU legislation, policies, principles, and values.

Purpose and justification for the proposal
The physical world is governed by mechanisms that have evolved over centuries (treaties, constitutions, policies, regulations, practices, values, etc.). The digital world, including flows of data, information, behaviour, and knowledge, should be governed by the same mechanisms. AI standards can help economic and societal actors translate, complement, and support such mechanisms in the digital world. CEN and CENELEC should:

Ensure that AI is beneficial for citizens and society through standards that:
- Respect fundamental values and human rights recognised in Europe
- Ensure appropriate governance of AI throughout the system lifecycle
- Ensure trustworthy (robust, safe, secure, etc.) AI
- Strengthen European competitiveness and benefits for society from AI

CEN-CENELEC should use this vision when developing standards for implementation in Europe, or when adapting international standards to serve European needs. The European Commission has produced numerous Directives and Acts (GDPR, Product Safety Directive, Machinery Directive, European Accessibility Act, Unfair Trade Practices Act, Revised Payments Services Directive (PSD2), Directive on security of network and information systems (NIS), etc.), and all of them will be concerned by the development of AI technology.

Affected stakeholders
- Industry and commerce including SME’s
- Government
- Consumers/Citizens (including those organizations representing interests of specific societal groups, e.g. people with disabilities or those needing other particular consideration)
- Labour
- Academic and research bodies
- Non-governmental organisations (NGO)
- Standards application business (e.g. testing laboratories, certification bodies)

The national stakeholders can provide their position on the proposal by 28.01.2021 to expert Polya Velinova e-mail: polya.velinova@bds-bg.org, tel: +359 2 81 74 548.

For more information about the proposal see here: