The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 65 (1987) > Issues > Issue 6 > Developments in Europe - Implications for Construction Standards
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Developments in Europe - Implications for Construction Standards

1. Policy objectives (a) to retain the consumer’s freedom of choice through the preparation of voluntary standards endorsed by consensus; (b) to derive, through collaboration on the European or world level, British Standards that will help to sell UK products and services overseas; (c) within agreed criteria, to write performance-based standards that will not inhibit manufacturing innovation or trading competitiveness; (d) to pursue a planned approach to European standardisation, including proper justification of projects harmonisation is not an end in itself-and provision for suitable transitional arrangements for implementing European standards systematically at the national level; (e) to identify and promote appropriate British Standards for adoption as international and European standards and for endorsement as meeting essential requirements laid down in EC directives; (Q to promote mutual recognition within Europe of testing, inspection and certification bodies on the basis of harmonisation of their operating procedures and acceptance criteria. R. Harrison