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Basis for operation

Established on 30 November 1999 by order of the Government of the Republic, the Estonian Centre for Standardisation (Eesti Standardikeskus, EVS) is a non-profit association that launched operations on 1 April 2000 under the Technical Regulations and Standards Act (Tehnilise normi ja standardi seadus).

Prior to then, standardisation had been overseen by the Estonian Standards Board. Established in 1991 as a state institution under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Finance, the Standards Board aimed to steer and coordinate activities in the areas of standardisation, metrology and accreditation in Estonia. In January 1997, the Standards Board was transferred under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications.

Under subsection 9 (3) of the Technical Regulations and Standards Act and subsection 44 (2) of the Government of the Republic Act, the non-profit association Estonian Centre for Standardisation was granted the right to operate as Estonia’s standardisation organisation. On 24 April 2000, an agreement to that effect was concluded between the Centre for Standardisation and the Government of the Republic, setting out their mutual rights and obligations in overseeing standardisation activities in Estonia.

On 1 October 2010, the Product Conformity Act (Toote nõuetele vastavuse seadus) entered into force, as a result of which the Technical Regulations and Standards Act was repealed.

Currently, the Estonian Centre for Standardisation is operating on the basis of:

The government supports Centre for Standardisation by financing standardization activities via the annual state budget grant agreement. The agreement concluded can be found here: GA 2017. The Minstry of Economic Affaires and Communications represents Estonian Government in its relations with Estonian Centre for Standardisation

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