Increasing disaster Resilience by establishing a sustainable process to support Standardisation of technologies and services



Standardisation is a powerful tool to enhance technical, procedural, operational and semantic interoperability. Functioning interoperability could mean the difference between life and death when a disaster occurs.

While the need to further integrate standardisation in the domain of crisis management and disaster resilience is clear, there are a number of recognised challenges in the standardisation process related to stakeholder involvement, limited cooperation between different technical committees, research organisations and National Standards Bodies.




The aim of the ResiStand project was to identify new ways to improve the crisis management and disaster resilience capabilities of the European Union and of individual Member States through standardisation. This involved:

  •  Proposing new standardisation activities that can advance and improve disaster resilience.
  •  Providing a better understanding of the potential of standardisation as a tool for improving disaster resilience.
  •  Presenting a new, sustainable process to enhance opportunities to capitalize on the potential of standardisation.


Our Role

Trilateral provided their expertise in ethical, legal and social issues to the development of the ResiStand Assessment Framework (RAF) as part of work packages 1 and 5. This involved developing the ethical, societal and legal issues tab of the RAF and writing the guidance relating to this tab.

Trilateral was also involved in working with end-users to identify standardisation needs and opportunities as part of work package 3.

Trilateral Research led the project’ dissemination, communication and stakeholder involvement activities. This involved developing, implementing, and monitoring the project’s communication and dissemination plan to maximise ResiStand’s reach and impact.

See an example of the promotional material produced for the project.

Read about our work in building and engaging with different stakeholders’ communities.



  •  The ResiStand Pre-Standardisation Process and a Dynamic Roadmap to systematically collect and assess new standardisation initiatives
  • A Stakeholder Management Concept to bring together all the relevant stakeholder groups (e.g., end-users, research, industry, policy) and activate them for the collaborative development of standards
  • The ResiStand Assessment Framework to assess potential standardisation initiatives in terms of urgency, impact and feasibility



  • ResiStand has identified and assessed 69 new potential standardisation initiatives based on the end user needs and supplier opportunities identified through workshops, surveys and interviews. The Technical Committees considered most relevant for taking each new initiative forward were also identified and approached by the ResiStand consortium.
  • The ResiStand Assessment Framework (RAF) has been submitted as a New Work Item Proposal (NWIP) to CEN/TC 391 “Societal and Citizen Security”. Additionally, one of the new standardisation initiatives identified by the consortium “CBRNE Training Framework: Requirements for CBRNE Education and Training” has also been submitted to CEN/TC 391 as a NWIP.
  • 70 stakeholders from 15 countries participated in the ResiStand final conference. Of the stakeholders that participated in the polls, 88% thought that the proposed ResiStand Pre-standardisation Process was useful or very useful, and 82% thought that the ResiStand outputs and findings will be of value to their work.


For more information and updates visit the ResiStand project website and follow us on Twitter @ResiStand_EU and LinkedIn


Please contact our team for more information:

Su Anson, Research Manager at Trilateral Research


The ResiStand project – Increasing disaster Resilience by establishing a sustainable process to support Standardisation of technologies and services – has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 700389.

‘Risk Assessment Report and Methodology’

You can view the Executive Summary and Table of contents of the Project Solebay Risk Assessment Methodology Report.

Please sign up to the Solebay mailing list to download the Full Solebay project report.