One world, one standard

Faces of standardization - The home appliances experience in Paolo Falcioni's words.

To celebrate its 60th birthday this year, CEN-CENELEC has come up with the #TrustStandards slogan and a series of interviews to experts who have been involved in the standardisation process for a long time. Among those, Paolo Falcioni, APPLiA’s Director General, has enthusiastically accepted to be interviewed and shared some considerations on the route of standards up to today. “The benefit of standardization is often invisible, I would say” Paolo Falcioni started. “The main one” he continued, referring to the advantages of standardization “is enhancing consumer trust in products. When a product is put on the market and it has been tested according to the standard, then consumers can be sure that the product is safe.” Over the years, standards have succeeded in gaining consumers’ trust, while ensuring products safety and best possible performance.

Standards are one of the biggest assets of the EU single market. In Europe, the standardization system has done a lot to promote better economic models that always originate from better, more sustainable products. “One world, one standard is the slogan that the home appliance industry would like to use. And we see that happening more and more” continued Paolo Falcioni and praised the evolved alignment between European and international standardization.

Standardization has made a lot for our society, as it has mainly enhanced our way of life. Behind our fridge door, in the dishwasher functioning, in the blender rotating blade, there are standards. So, the dinner we eat, the clean fork we use to eat it and the smoothie we drink, are themselves the product of standards. Here is actually one of the main challenges for the standardisation system, “to make a standard become a living thing” says Paolo Falcioni, stressing the importance of translating standards in legislative standards, by listing them in the Official Journal as soon as possible.

“Standards do play a role in writing our future” concludes Paolo Falcioni looking at the next +60 years ahead.


Watch the full interview, here