UMNAI Contributing to European AI Standardisation at CEN-CENELEC

UMNAI announces Ken Cassar appointed subject matter expert and national representative at CEN/CENELEC JTC 21 Artificial Intelligence standards committee by the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority (MCCAA).

UMNAI, the global leader Neuro-symbolic AI, today announced that Ken Cassar has been appointed a subject matter expert and national representative at CEN/CENELEC JTC 21 Artificial Intelligence standards committee and several of its working groups.

Even though Artificial Intelligence (AI) has existed since the 1950s, the rapid developments in the past years have turned it into one of the most promising sectors within ICT. There has been an enormous growth in investments and use of AI systems in many sectors such as automobile, health and aeronautics, creating new challenges for both industry and society. To ensure the development of trustworthy AI systems that respect fundamental values and human rights recognized in Europe, standardization is needed.

CEN and CENELEC established the new CEN-CENELEC Joint Technical Committee 21 ‘Artificial Intelligence’, based on the recommendations presented in the CEN-CENELEC response to the EC White Paper on AI, the CEN-CENELEC Focus Group Road Map on Artificial Intelligence, and the German Standardization Roadmap for Artificial Intelligence. The Joint Technical Committee, whose Secretariat is held by DS, the Danish Standardization Body, is responsible for the development and adoption of standards for AI and related data, as well as provide guidance to other Technical Committees concerned with AI.

In particular, CEN-CLC/JTC 21 identifies and adopts international standards already available or under development from other organizations like ISO/IEC JTC 1 and its subcommittees, such as SC 42 Artificial Intelligence. Furthermore, CEN-CLC/JTC 21 focuses on producing standardization deliverables that address European market and societal needs, as well as underpinning EU legislation, policies, principles, and values.

UMNAI’s Neuro-symbolic AI forms the foundation of our Hybrid Intelligence Framework, a system that enables the integration of human knowledge with explainable AI in a collaborative manner. The framework empowers decision workflows that apply intentional reasoning and oversight to ensure fit-for-purpose decisions. In Hybrid Intelligence powered decision workflows, human crafted tests, measurements and assessments intelligently interrogate each prediction to fully understand it. With awareness and understanding, decisions are programmatically aligned to meet the intentions and obligations of the operator.

UMNAI’s Neuro-symbolic AI and Hybrid Intelligence Framework are particularly suited to the application of AI in regulated industries such as financial services, insurance, healthcare, social services and other highly regulated industries.

Contact us if you have an application that could benefit from UMNAI’s technology or if you’d like to learn more about the benefits of our Neuro-Symbolic AI.


CEN, the European Committee for Standardization, and CENELEC, the European Electrotechnical Committee for Standardization, are two of three European Standardization Organizations (together with ETSI) that have been officially recognized by the European Union and by the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) as being responsible for developing and defining voluntary standards at European level. CEN and CENELEC both bring together the respective National Committees of 34 European countries.

CEN provides a platform for the development of European Standards and other technical documents in relation to various kinds of products, materials, services and processes. CEN supports standardization activities in relation to a wide range of fields and sectors including: air and space, chemicals, construction, consumer products, defence and security, energy, the environment, food and feed, health and safety, healthcare, ICT, machinery, materials, pressure equipment, services, smart living, transport and packaging.

CENELEC prepares voluntary standards in the electrotechnical field, which help facilitate trade between countries, create new markets, cut compliance costs and support the development of a Single European Market.  CENELEC supports standardization activities in relation to a wide range of fields and sectors including: Electromagnetic compatibility, Accumulators, primary cells and primary batteries, Insulated wire and cable, Electrical equipment and apparatus, Electronic, electromechanical and electrotechnical supplies, Electric motors and transformers, Lighting equipment and electric lamps, Low Voltage electrical installations material, Electric vehicles railways, smart grid, smart metering, solar (photovoltaic) electricity systems, etc.

Learn more about CEN-CENELEC HERE.


Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority (MCCAA) is a public authority established by an act of Parliament on 23 May 2011.

MCCAA is an amalgamation of the Malta Standards Authority (MSA) with the Consumer and Competition Department and Malta National Laboratory.  MCCAA has taken over all responsibilities of MSA and is Malta’s national standards body.

MCCAA is a member of European and international standards organizations, namely CEN (European Committee for Standardization), CENELEC (European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization), ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute), and IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission).

MCCAA is governed by its Board of Governors appointed by the government. The seven members of the Board represent major stakeholders in governmental and non-governmental organizations

The Standards and Metrology Institute within MCCAA is responsible for the preparation, publication, revision, amendment and promulgation of Maltese standards.