BDVA signs a Memorandum of Understanding with CEN-CENELEC to strengthen collaboration for the development of trustworthy AI in the EU

On 14 May, BDVA, the European Committee of Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) ) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to advance their mutual cooperation in the strategic field of Big Data Value and AI standardization. 

The purpose of this MoU is to establish mechanisms for cooperation and exchange between the associations, in order to share knowledge about relevant developments in the field of Big Data and AI and to discuss the role of standardization in fostering their widespread adoption.

As BDVA’s President, Thomas Hahn, highlighted “the upcoming AI, Data and Robotics partnership will bring research and innovation activities closer to deployment and user uptake, therefore collaboration with CEN-CENELEC will become even more critical to drive the needed international standardisation. BDVA looks forward to working closely with CEN-CENELEC for the development of a strategic dialogue in this domain.”

The full press release can be found here and the news item on CEN-CENELEC's website here


CEN (European Committee for Standardization) and CENELEC (European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization) are recognized by the European Union (EU) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) as European Standardization Organizations responsible for developing standards at European level. These standards set out specifications and procedures in relation to a wide range of materials, processes, products and services.

The members of CEN and CENELEC are the National Standardization Bodies and National Electrotechnical Committees of 34 European countries. European Standards (ENs) and other standardization deliverables adopted by CEN and CENELEC, are accepted and recognized in all of these countries.

European Standards (ENs) contribute to enhancing safety, improving quality, facilitating cross-border trade and strengthening the European Single Market. They are developed through a process of collaboration among experts nominated by business and industry, research institutes, consumer and environmental organizations, trade unions and other stakeholders. CEN and CENELEC work to promote the international alignment of standards in the framework of technical cooperation agreements with ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission).

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