Standardization

IFSTTAR's involvement in standardization bodies

IFSTTAR is very active in the French and International standardization bodies (ISO, CEN and AFNOR).

  • ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the global standardization body. It has 163 member countries, 224 technical committees and 2516 working groups and has produced a total of 19,023 standards.
  • CEN (European Committee for Standardization) is the European standardization body. It has 30 member countries, 307 technical committees, 1434 working groups and has produced a total of 14,885 standards.
  • AFNOR ( French national organization for standardization and its International Organization for Standardization member body) is the French standardization body that is overseen by the Ministry for Industry. It has a membership of approximately 3000 firms and oversees the central standardization system which has 25 sector-specific standardization bureaux and 20,000 experts. AFNOR represents France on CEN (2nd largest contributor) and ISO (3rd largest contributor).

 

The Standardization bureau for transport, roads and their design (BNTRA)

The Standardization bureau for transport, roads and their design (BNTRA) has the following missions:

  • Standardizing applications of information and communication technologies (Intelligent Transport Systems – ITS) to road transport and its interfaces with other transport modes, including vehicle-borne applications of ITS for remote tolling, emergency warning systems, traffic control, particularly for public transport and priority vehicles, with the exception of electrical and electronic devices that are placed on-board road vehicles and applications that are specific to railways;
  • Standardization with regard to pavement design, construction and maintenance, road equipment, concrete bridges, earthworks, foundations and retaining structures, apart from bituminous binders and the applicable test methods.

 

The BNTRA monitors the work of the 36 active standardization committees. This work is coordinated by four domain-specific coordination groups:

  • The Traffic Engineering Coordination Group (GCIT)
  • The Road Equipment Coordination Group (GCER)
  • The Pavements and Earthworks Coordination Group (GCCT)
  • The Geotechnical Engineering Coordination Group (GCG)

 

The BNTRA manages almost 1,000 standards and more than 750 individuals take part in the work of its standardization commissions.

 

 

The Standardization bureau for transport, roads and their design (BNTRA)

The Standardization bureau for transport, roads and their design (BNTRA) has the following tasks:

  • Standardizing applications of information and communication technologies (Intelligent Transport Systems – ITS) to road transport and its interfaces with other transport modes, including vehicle-borne applications of ITS for remote tolling, emergency warning systems, traffic control, particularly for public transport and priority vehicles, with the exception of electrical and electronic devices that are mounted on road vehicles and specific railway applications
  • Standardization with regard to pavement design, construction and maintenance, road equipment, concrete bridges, earthworks, foundations and retaining structures, apart from bituminous binders and the applicable test methods


The BNTRA monitors the work of the 36 active standardization committees. This work is coordinated by four domain-specific coordination groups:

  • The Traffic Engineering Coordination Group (GCIT)
  • The Road Equipment Coordination Group (GCER)
  • The Pavements and Earthworks Coordination Group (GCCT)
  • The Geotechnical Engineering Coordination Group (GCG)

The BNTRA manages almost 1,000 standards and more than 750 individuals take part in the work of its standardization commissions.