Standardization of physical assistance devices

What is a norm ?

A standard, sometimes called a voluntary standard, is defined by AFNOR as a «framework which aims to provide guiding principles, technical or quality prescriptions for products, services or practices in the service of the general interest».

Unlike regulations, standardization does not respond to any law or rule : It is the result of collaborative work between economic players who wish to meet a specific or recognized level of quality. In other words, the standard is the consensus of several stakeholders on a specific topic.

Who is behind the standards ?

Any market player can propose, to a recognized standardization body, the drafting of a new standard or the revision of an existing standard. To do this, the subject or the request is sent to the commission responsible for studying the relevance of the request. Once validated, a project group, made up of market players, works together to write this standard. After publication, the standard can be reviewed every 3 to 5 years.

A voluntary standard for the integration of exoskeletons at work

Currently, a working group is collaborating on the drafting of a standard for physical assistance devices (PAD) and physical assistance robots (PAR). This standard aims to lay the foundations for the design methods of these technological solutions, the processes for evaluating the impacts of this equipment on users as well as their mode of use.

Soon the standard will be submitted for public validation. This step aims to present the standard and collect the opinions of individuals neutral to this project before its publication scheduled for September 2021.