CircThread is a four year Horizon2020 funded project which kicked off in June 2021. The WEEE Forum and two of its members, ZEOS (Slovenia) and Erion (Italy), are also involved alongside 31 project partners. 

Within CircThread, the European Commission-funded Horizon 2020 project, UNI presents the first version of an online Standardization Toolkit to support the research over a dataset of about 70 regulations that can be linked back to the CircThread project as well as access to a database of about 200 standards related to the field of appliance reuse.

The CircThread standardization toolkit provides a first comprehensive mapping of which regulations and standards are relevant for exchanging information about products across their life cycle, from manufacturing to usage to collection and repair to disassembly and recycling.

The toolkit is a key instrument giving you a rapid overview about current and upcoming EU regulations and global standards you should be aware off, especially if you work in the field of circular economy on digital solutions. It covers circular economy initiatives in the context of digital product passports, materials declarations, environmental management, and traceability, among others.

The Standardization Toolkit is now accessible online, free of charge, from the CircThread website. In order to improve the toolkit, users are invited to fill in an anonymous survey.

The CircThread project confirms how standards are a key tool for technology transfer, bridging the gap between research and the international market. Indeed, standards codify innovation through a shared language understood by companies, researchers, stakeholders and citizens worldwide, based on the principles of openness and transparency.

The co-creation process of standardization supports open innovation and cross-sectoral innovation.

Finally, standards ensure comparability, compatibility and interoperability, building trust with customers and suppliers, promote sustainability in terms of processes, products and business.

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The WEEE Forum a.i.s.b.l. is an international association representing forty six producer responsibility organisations across the globe. Together with our members, we are at the forefront of turning the extended producer responsibility principle into an effective electronic waste management policy approach through our combined knowledge of the technical, business and operational aspects of collection, logistics, de-pollution, processing, preparing for reuse and reporting of e-waste. Our mission is to be the world’s foremost e-waste competence centre excelling in the implementation of the circularity principle.

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