The Polish Committee for Standardization (PKN) operates pursuant to the Act on Standardization of 12th September 2002 (Journal of Laws no. 169, item 1386), which came into force on January 1st, 2003. It specified basic goals, principles, organization and financing of standards work.
Basic principles of standardization are:
National standardization activities are performed in order to:
Organizational elements of the standardization system in Poland are:
1. Polish Committee for Standardization (PKN) – a State Organizational Unit financed by the State budget recognized as a National Standards Body, the principal tasks of which are:
PKN carries out the above tasks applying basic rules of standardization.
2. Sector Councils (Polish abbreviation: RS) – collective bodies coordinating activities in the subject area of each Standardization Sector, consisting of the Chairmen of Technical Committees and Project Committees, cooperating with that Sector.
3. Technical Committees (Polish abbreviation: KT) – collective working bodies established by the President of PKN to serve national standardization purposes by development of Polish Standards and other standards deliverables in specific subject areas. The Committees are composed of experts delegated by KT Members - business, employers’, consumers’, professional, science and technology, high education organizations and national administration agencies.
4. Project Committees (Polish abbreviation: KZ) – collective working bodies established by the President of PKN to perform specific standardization tasks (e.g. to develop one or more projects of standards).
5. Subcommittees (Polish abbreviation: PK) – collective working bodies established by the President of PKN at the request of the Chairman of Technical Committee to carry out standardization work in a specific part of its (parent) Technical Committee scope.
6. Standardization Council (Polish abbreviation: RN) – PKN collegiate consultative and advisory body.
Standardization Council members’ term lasts 4 years.
The Council accepts annual reports on PKN activities submitted by the PKN President. The Council tasks include issuing opinions concerning in particular: