Thursday, 23 May 2024, 11:50 to 13h05 (CEST), Brussels

ANEC is delighted to be hosting a panel at the CPDP conference in Brussels, 22 - 24 May. 

This year’s topic is “to govern or to be governed, that is the question”. ANEC’s panel will feature speakers from the European Commission, ETUC, SBS and the Chair of CEN-CENELEC JTC 21 ‘Artificial Intelligence’ to review what the impact of measures to increase inclusiveness in the Joint Technical Committee has been, what has been achieved so far and identify the challenges that are still faced by civil society, as well as standardisation governance itself.

If you are at the conference, make sure to register for ‘New Governance and Inclusiveness in AI Standardisation - how far have we gone?’, 11:50-13:05 CEST, 23 May 2024.

Register here:

ANEC’s participation has been made possible with the kind support of the European AI & Society Fund.

Wednesday, 3 April 2024, 11:30am to 13h00 (CEST), online

We are pleased to invite you to the ANEC/AccessibleEU webinar on 3 April 2024 from 11h30 to 13h00 (CEST) on the key standardisation works related to accessibility, and on the role ANEC and AccessibleEU play in shaping accessible standards.

It is a basic consumer right to have access to products and services. The European Accessibility Act (Directive 2019/882) is a landmark EU law which requires several consumer products and services to be accessible for persons with disabilities. As of 28 June 2025, companies must ensure that the newly marketed products and services covered by the Act are accessible.

Harmonised Standards have to be drafted on access to public transport, banking services, computers, TVs, e-books, online shops, and much more.

ANEC, together with the AccessibleEU, one of the flagship initiatives of the European Commission Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2021-2030, is organising a webinar to present the state of play of the current standardisation activities and discuss how consumers and persons with disabilities can make accessible products and services with standards.

Come and join us on Wednesday, 3 April, 2024 from 11h to 13h00 (CEST).

This free workshop and mutual learning session will be in English with captioning in English and international sign system (ISS).

You can register here:

ANEC AccessibleEU webinar

Tueday, 12 March 2024, 10:30am CET (Brussels time), online

Fair and Responsible Artificial Intelligence for Consumers is the theme of Consumers International’s campaign for World Consumer Rights Day 2024, celebrated on 15th March each year. 

In recognition of this important day, ANEC invites you to an online workshop on Tuesday 12 March at 10:30 CET, to learn about 'Influencing AI standards that deliver for civil society - the international approach'.

This webinar is aimed at any one who wants to shape international standards that deliver safe, fair and responsible AI for global consumers and civil society stakeholders.

During this informative and interactive 2 hour session you will: 

  • Understand the impact of AI on consumers, citizens and society
  • Learn about international AI standards and how these link with EU activity
  • Discover how best to influence AI standards to deliver good outcomes for civil society
  • Get advice on how to overcome barriers to involvement in standards development

REGISTER here to join. 

This session is organised by ANEC with the kind support of the European AI & Society Fund. It is presented by consumer advocates Liz Coll and Julie Hunter who will be sharing their extensive experience in AI, international consumer policy, and standards. 

Please feel free to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.if you have any questions or accessibility needs.

We look forward to seeing you on 12 March!

Friday, 8 March 2024, 11:00am CET (Brussels time), online

We are pleased to invite you to a new ANEC open webinar: ‘Safe products for all consumers – EC study on gender-responsive and inclusive standards’, taking place on Friday 8 March 2024 from 11h00 to 12h00 CET (Brussels time).

We will be honoured to have Frauke Hoss from the European Commission (GROW.H.2) to present the recent “EU 2024 Study on inclusiveness of anthropometrics in European harmonised standards”, with ANEC’s Chiara Giovannini guiding you through this webinar.

The initiative aims to gather informative and objective evidence about the extent to which the European harmonised standards (hENs) safeguard the general principle of equality and safety so that products are safe for the European population in all its diversity. Overall, the study aims to improve our understanding of the implications for safety and health caused by standards that do not sufficiently consider the diversity of anthropometric dimensions of human bodies.

To this end, such standards need to be based on recent data that is representative of the EU population, both in the design and testing of products.

To register for the webinar (by 8 March), please go to:

We look forward to having you join!

Thursday, 25 January 2024, 11:30am CET (Brussels time), online