ETSI – ISG – QKD (European Telecommunications Standards Institute – Industry Standards Group – Quantum Key Distribution)

ETSI is the Chief Stakeholder of this project

ETSI is interested in the efforts of MeTISQ Consortium to develop new measurements tools, instruments and methods which can be used to test QKD systems, and to provide a substantial contribution to the development of traceable methods and protocols for characterisation of assembled QKD modules (i.e. transmitter and receiver) and for active QKD components, in line with ETSI documents and needs.

Members of the MeTISQ consortium participate in bi-annual meetings as well as monthly meetings of this Industry Standards Group.

They are currently contributing to the documents on

ISO/IEC JTC-1/SC 27 WG3 (International Organisation for Standardisation – International Electrotechnical Institute

This Joint Technical Committee is interested in developing standards for Information security, cybersecurity and privacy protection

Members of the consortium attend regular meetings of this Working Group

They are currently contributing to the drafting of “Security requirements, test and evaluation methods for quantum key distribution”, ISO/IEC 23837-1 and 23837-2


Within CEN CENELEC there is a focus group on quantum technologies. ​The Focus Group was set up to facilitate the interaction between relevant stakeholders interested in identifying standardisation needs in the field of Quantum Technologies. The group recommends further actions to ensure that standards support the deployment of such technologies in industry.

Members of the consortium attend monthly meetings.

This activity inputs to the development of new standards via the following documents:

  • Standardisation roadmap for quantum technologies
  • A chapter in a report on quantum communications
  • Standardisation of colour centres in solids
  • Standardisation for single and entangled photon sources and detectors

Towards European Standards for Quantum Technologies: