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Update March 2021: Due to Corona, the finalization of the standard is delayed.  This is now planned for spring 2021 

Press statement September 18, 2019

Responsible innovation for a better society:  towards a standard for companies.

CEN –  the European Committee for Standardization-  and PRISMA join forces

Technologies like nanotechnology, synthetic biology, internet of things, robotics, artificial intelligence, and autonomous vehicles have an increasing impact on our everyday life, our society, and the environment. This means that companies have to innovate responsibly and to include societal values – such as privacy, safety, sustainability, fair distribution of risks and benefits, safety or inclusiveness – in the development strategy of innovative products. This is known as ‘Responsible Research and Innovation’ (RRI).      

Jointly with companies, the EU-funded project PRISMA – led by the TU Delft – has developed a new methodology (‘RRI Roadmap’), a set of RRI-Key Performance Indicators, a toolkit and an online professional education course for the implementation of RRI by industry.

The methodology is aligned with existing standards and policies on risk and innovation management, and corporate social responsibility (CSR), such as the standards ISO 26000, ISO 9001, ISO 31000, ISO 56000.


The RRI roadmap aim to helps companies to develop safe and societally and environmentally responsible products. It helps companies to grow their business, attract the best talent, and meet the demands of investors. The RRI Roadmap assists them in identifying the most significant ethical, legal and societal impacts of  innovative products. It also helps companies to integrate this in their Cooperative Social Responsibility and innovation strategies policies, and to build trust.

The roadmap has also been used to launch the development of a ‘ pre-standard consensus document at EU level’  (also known as ‘CEN CWA’). The CWA will last until the end of 2019 and is open to all interested parties.

The six-steps methodology (figure) to design the RRI Roadmap is based on a set of acknowledged RRI principles:

  • Reflection and anticipation: analysis of ethical, legal and social impacts
  • Inclusiveness: stakeholder engagement
  • Responsiveness: monitoring, learning and adaptive mechanisms to address societal values

Overview results projects (summary)