The information below concerns standards and other normative documents such as technical specifications (TS) and workshop agreements (WA) published by SIS. Here we refer to these documents under the umbrella term ‘standards’.
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The use of standards is voluntary, whether the standards are drawn up by SIS, CEN or ISO. Legislation takes precedence over standards and users of standards are expected to comply with legislation. Standards do not contain contractual requirements or statutory requirements and do not replace legislation. Nor should they conflict with legislation or include requirements that legislation must be complied with. However, standards may contain information about relevant legislation in the area or areas that they standardize. They can also be used to complement legislation. Standards can be cited in legislation, contracts or other contexts and thus become binding.
There are five categories of provisions in standardization. These are described below. More information is available in Läs- och skrivanvisningar för regler i standarder. (Swedish)
When assessing conformity it must be checked that the requirements of a product, process, service, person, system or organization are met. Conformity can be demonstrated by a manufacturer or supplier (first party), a user or purchaser (second party) or an independent organization (third party).
Standards that contain requirements are written in line with the neutrality principle, such that conformity can be assessed by a first, second or third party. Conformity is assessed against requirements and it is therefore not possible to use standards that do not contain requirements for this purpose.
The Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) is part of the WTO Agreement and seeks to ensure that unnecessary barriers to trade are not created or maintained. Standardization is covered by the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade and Sweden has undertaken to comply with the agreement. Annex III to the agreement, Code of Good Practice for the Preparation, Adoption and Application of Standards, is particularly relevant to the work of SIS.
Standardization applies the following principles linked to the agreement.
For more information about these principles, see Annex 4 of the SECOND TRIENNIAL REVIEW OF THE OPERATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AGREEMENT ON TECHNICAL BARRIERS TO TRADE.