On the 15th March 2018, the European Multi Stakeholder Platform on ICT standardisation(MSP) has agreed to endorse ISA² Common Assessment Method for Standards and Specifications(CAMSS) solution as the key driver streamlining the process for the evaluation of ICT technical specifications submitted for identification by the Commission. CAMSS will play a key role in this process with the provision of a preliminary assessments against the set of requirements defined in Regulation 1025/2012 on standardization. The identification of these technical specifications that do not fall in any of the categories of standards so far used in public procurement, open up the possibility to use the full range of relevant technical specifications when procuring hardware, software and information technology services, thus increasing interoperability and allowing for more competition. The identified specifications, along with European standards will be referenced in the EU Catalogue of ICT Standards, a one-stop-shop for procurers providing guidelines for procurement, use of standards, and a lifecycle costing scheme that accounts for the often neglected interoperability costs.”
The positive feedback about the results of the CAMSS solution collected during the 2017 MSP meetings and the success of a pilot carried out in 2017 have led to an unanimous positive decision from the MSP.