Life sciences have many of their own data standards, they are constantly engaged through collaborations in order to work on new standards (e.g. BD2K, ELIXIR, GA4GH). Some of the work is indeed discipline specific. It also happens that life science organisations work on generic standards, potentially unaware of applicable work that has been done in other disciplines or in the context of inter-disciplinary organisations like RDA. This can negatively impact inter-disciplinary data and tool interoperability. The ELIXIR Bridging Force interest group has, since its inception, tried to bridge this gap by facilitating communication and transfer of best practices and ongoing discussions arising from the global perspective of RDA towards the life-sciences community, and by bringing experience from life science developments into RDA. In this session we would like to pursue options to improve this work, and to promote real-world impact of RDA recommendations in the life sciences.