Broaden your experience with the NBN expert training

Every year the NBN organises the expert training course ‘Standardisation, a piece of cake’ in March, June and October. Find out all you need to know about standardisation and get straight down to business as an expert in your field. Even experienced experts have plenty to gain from this wide-ranging course that offers new perspectives. Because we understand that becoming an expert is a big step to take, we will guide you through certain topics that come up during the introduction to the course:


1. What are standards?

Standards establish the conventions relating to products, services and processes. In doing so, they provide an answer to the question: what is the best way to approach this? Consider the conventions that apply to shoe sizes or energy management.


2. What is the point of standards for your organisation?

Organisations that use standards in their daily activities are committed to quality, safety, health and the environment. What quality conditions do medical aids need to comply with? How do you limit your ecological footprint? Or how do you create a safe working environment for your personnel? Once you have the right answers, the benefits are at your fingertips: from customer satisfaction to innovation.


3. What is a CE marking?

The CE marking shows that the product has been evaluated and conforms to the European requirements for safety, health and environmental protection. By putting the marking on their products, manufacturers declare that they comply with all the obligations required for the marking and that they are responsible for the circulation of their products within the European Economic Area (EER). CE marking applies to both products manufactured in the EER and products manufactured elsewhere that are brought onto the market in the EER. 

That is why the CE marking is often mentioned in the same breath as harmonised standards. Likewise, the latter are proof that your products and/or services conform to the technical requirements of European law. They are written at the European Commission’s mandate by a European standardisation body. 


4. How are standards developed?

Whether we are talking about a new standard or an existing one due for revision, every standardisation project begins with a targeted proposal. If approved, the wheels are set in motion: experts work on a draft standard that is then presented to the general public. As soon as consensus is reached, the standard is published.


5. What is the role of the Belgian standards committees?

Along with the NBN, Belgian experts work to develop European and international standards. They may also develop national (Belgian) standards and monitor the functioning of the published standards.


6. What influence do sectoral operators have?

Sectoral operators can also manage standards committees. With their extensive expertise and knowhow, they deliver valuable input within their field. They are the link between experts and the NBN, and ensure that all stakeholders can participate in the standardisation process. Thus sectoral operators are essential partners for the NBN.


7. Why become an expert?

As an expert, you are the first to gain access to the best practices, technologies and trends that will shape your field in the future. By coming into contact with many stakeholders - from academics to businesses - you also create a strong professional network and give your own organisation a voice.


Sparked your interest?

These topics are just the beginning. The fascinating and diverse training course also focuses in greater depth on: 

  • the standard development process;
  • exactly how the international standard platform works;
  • attention points when writing standards.

Register now for our free expert training course!

Do you want to become an expert?

This is how. Use this registration form for the NBN standards committees. If the standards committee of your choice is managed by a sectoral operator, it is best to contact them directly.