The improved CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA) and Fast-track Adopting Procedure (WP3 Deliverables)

A wide range of security threats including man-made and natural risks can result in disruptive events having serious consequences for societal and citizen security. Both, public and private stakeholders require adequate solutions in organisation, procedures, and technological capabilities to be able to respond timely and effectively. Thus, there is a need to develop specific standards to enable the various public and private organisations within Europe to be effectively coordinated ensuring as much as possible a smoothly cooperation before, during, and after a disruptive event. However, while standards are well-known and frequently used in many industrial sectors, practitioners in the field of security may not be familiar with this type of tools. Pre-standardisation deliverables, with a process that is both faster and less complex, can then be particularly relevant for them, provided they know about this option.

To ensure the need of European stakeholders are properly met, the National Standards Bodies AFNOR (France), ASI (Austria), DIN (Germany), and SIS (Sweden) with support from the Chairperson of the CEN/TC 391 on Societal and Citizen Security and the very well connected and experienced small and medium-sized enterprise TFC Research and Innovation Limited (Ireland) were reviewing the necessary standardisation tools and mechanisms. This included the pre-standardisation process called “CEN-CENELEC Workshop Agreement (CWA)” and the possibility of introducing a fast-track procedure to adopt market relevant pre-standards into a European Standard (EN).

For this objective we relied on the expertise of both, standardisers and users, to reveal strengths and weaknesses of the standardisation tools and mechanisms and to jointly tackle the challenges. The deliverables produced by WP3 are the following:

  • Deliverable 3.1 CWA procedure proposal describes the work carried out to review of the current pre-standardization process called CEN-CENELEC Workshop Agreement (CWA) based on the result of two questionnaires dedicated, respectively, to practitioners and policy makers and to National Standardization Bodies (NSB). The objective of the work carried out was to meet the needs for more agility and speed for the security sector identifying shortcomings in the current approach and proposing suggestions for improvement.
  • Deliverable 3.2 CWA fast-track adoption proposal describes the result of two survey on pre-standardization process addressing CEN-CENELEC Technical Committees and National Standardization Bodies (NSB) and outlines the identified best practices to improve the CWA process to make is more efficient and effective and thus more likely for fast-track adoption, with a focus on the security sector.
  • Deliverable 3.3 Proposal for a proof of concept use-case (Project charter) covers the implementation of pilot projects for testing and refinement of the recommendations on the CWA process outlined in Deliverable 3.1 and Deliverable 3.2 to make it easier to use by stakeholders involved in research and innovation who are mostly new to standardisation, especially in the field of operational security.
  • Deliverable 3.4 Results of proof of concept pilot projects presents a summary of the exchanges that took place between STAIR4SECURITY Work Package 3 and its pilot projects to test out the new version of CEN-CENELEC Guide 29 on CWAs, revised according to STARI4SECURITY recommendations, as well as the guidelines and training materials developed under Task 3.5 (and corresponding deliverable D3.5).
  • Deliverable 3.5 Overview on provided guidelines and training serves as summary of the guidelines and training materials developed in addition to the revised CEN-CENELEC Guide 29 “CEN/CENELEC Workshop Agreements – A rapid way to standardization”. The guidelines and training materials are proposals as basis for decision making and subsequently for adoption by the relevant CEN-CENELEC governing bodies.


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