Shaping international standards for advanced technologies

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What is INSTAR?

INSTAR is an EU-funded project that aims to support the implementation of Europe’s Digital Partnerships and the EU-US TTC by working together with Australia, Canada, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and the USA to drive international common standards for AI, Cybersecurity, DigitalID, Quantum, IoT, 5G, 6G and data technologies.




Promote advanced technologies standardisation with international partners.

Shape the definition and uptake of standards in target countries.

Deliver studies and analyses on ICT standards.

Monitor international standards in trade and cooperation agreements.

Expected results


Shaping international ICT standards

Alignment on a common vision for ICT standardisation of key technologies with like-minded countries: Australia, Canada, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and USA

International standards harmonisation

Harmonisation of standards at the international level, between and within SDOs to foster cross-domain product compliance without affecting fair trade & cooperation and enable more European independence in production and services.

Implementing international standards in trade and cooperation agreements

International standard harmonisation enhances cross-domain and cross-product compliance, streamlining production and improving supply chain management for potential cost savings and increased productivity

Roadmap to global standardisation

Being a standard-setter and engaging in the ICT global standardisation scene is key to driving economic growth and securing technological sovereignty at an international level. This is why the EU Strategy on Standardisation calls for ongoing standardisation work across industrial ecosystems to support Europe’s position as a forerunner in key technological domains.

INSTAR has set up Task Forces of ICT standards experts around key emerging technologies to create a standardisation roadmap to be shared with SDOs for eventual adoption.


Who will benefit?

Associations, companies and SMEs involved in ICT standardisation

SDOs, ESOs, Certification bodies and Regulatory Agencies

Vertical industries (AI, Data, Cloud, Edge, 5G, Quantum, Trusted Chips)

H2020, Horizon Europe and DEP projects

Policymakers, Member States and High-Level Forum on European Standardisation