Bulgarian Institute for Standardization
Standards – always a step ahead
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Introduction

Standardization is an activity of establishing provisions for common and repeated use, with regard to actual or potential problems, aimed at the achievement of an optimum degree of order in a given context.

Standardization activity includes the processes of development, adoption, publication and application of standards through the fulfillment of the commonly recognized principles and rules of standardization work. Standards are developed and published to serve public interest and they are strong tools for information delivery and mutual understanding between partners.

Standardization offers important advantages in terms of improving the suitability of products, processes and services for their intended purpose, removal of barriers to trade and facilitating technical cooperation.

European standardization also provides for increasing the competitiveness of enterprises, in particular by facilitating the free movement of goods and services, interoperability of networks, the functioning of the communication tools, technological development and innovations.

Standards may have complex impact on society and in particular on the safety and welfare of citizens, the efficiency of networks, environmental protection, safety and working conditions of workers, accessibility and other areas of public policy.

Accordingly, it is of great benefit all relevant stakeholders, including public authorities and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), to participate appropriately in the national and European standardization process.

The adoption of Regulation 1025/2012 of the European Parliament and Council of the European Union is essential for standardization. It specifies the rules for work and cooperation between all standards bodies and organizations.

Technical Board

Members of Technical Board for standardization in the non-electrotechnical area of activity by sectors

Technical Committee

Technical Committees on standardization are established by the Technical Standardization Boards.

What is a standard?

Standards are documents, established by consensus based on the consolidated results of science, technologies and experience

How are they developed?

Standards are developed according to the standardization principles and the rules for national standardization work

Who develops them?

Standards and standardization documents are developed by experts, participating in the work of BDS Technical Committees

How standards can be modified or amended

Bulgarian Institute for Standardization revises periodically the actuality of Bulgarian standards in order to ensure they reflect the achieved up-to-date level of science and technologies

International standards

International standards are standards developed by the International organizations for standardization ISO, IEC

European standards

European standards are instrumental in the protection of interests of society and they play important role in support of legislation

Harmonized standards

Harmonized standards are European standards (EN), produced under mandate from the European Commission (EC) or from the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) for supporting the essential requirements of “New Approach” Directives

Conformity assessment

Conformity assessment is any activity concerned (sampling, testing, certification and inspection) performed with the purpose to determine if a product, process, service, system, or a person’s or body’s competence meets particular requirements.