The European Defence Standards Reference System (EDSTAR) has been established by the European Defence Agency in 2011. EDA’s participating Member States are the shareholders and consequently the Materiel Standardization Group (MSG) takes decision on any major change requests and proposals of EDSTAR.
EDSTAR is to be used by governmental organisations and defence industry for the procurement of defence materiel (including development and production).
EDSTAR provides guidance on the selection and use of standards and "standard-like" specifications to optimise effectiveness, efficiency, and interoperability of their application.
EDSTAR is a means to consolidate the highly fragmented defence materiel market in Europe.
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The concept of the European Defence Standards Reference System (EDSTAR) goes back to an initiative of the European Commission.
On 8th November 2000, the European Commission organized a conference in Brussels on the topic of "European Defence Procurement in the 21st Century - Improving Efficiency and Enhancing Competitiveness -The Role of Standardization". One significant outcome of this conference was the idea to develop a web-based "European Handbook for Defence Procurement” (EHDP). Consequently the European Commission suggested the establishment of a CEN-Workshop to develop the EHDP.
In the first phase from 30th May 2002 to 1st of March 2006, the CEN/Workshop 10 that was established achieved the following:
CEN/Workshop 10 continued working in the second phase from 23rd February 2007 to October 2008 extending and updating the EHDP on following points:
In the final third phase from 1st January 2010 to 30th of June 2011 the CEN Workshop 10 resulted in the following:
The Steering Board in National Armaments Directors’ formation tasked the EDA, through the Materiel Standardization Group (MSG), to manage the updating and maintenance of the EHDP following the completion of the third phase of development in 2011. The MSG decided to rename the EHDP to EDSTAR after the handover of EHDP from the European Commission.
The European Commission handed over the EHDP to EDA at the EDA Standardization Day in Budapest in June 2011.