IoT labelling and certification in the report on European standards

06 July 2017
During last plenary week, an own-initiative report on European Standards for the 21st century was adopted by the European Parliament. Own-initiative reports are non-binding texts meant to send a political message. This report underlines that common standards are particularly important for the development of the Internet of Things (IoT), as the fragmentation of standards hinders growth in this sector.
Through this report, the European Parliament took a stance in favour of security-by-design and privacy-by-design principles in order to adequately face cyberthreats. It also supports the Commission’s project to create an IoT label and certification system. However, the Parliament highlights that IoT labelling and certification should be developed “where relevant and where IoT devices could have an impact on relevant infrastructure on the basis of the requirements spelled out in the NIS Directive”.
The report will feed into the upcoming Commission’s 2018 work programme, which will be adopted this month.