Comite Europeen De Normalisation


Comite Europeen De Normalisation (CEN) is a business facilitator in Europe, removing trade barriers for European industry and consumers. Its mission is to foster the European economy in global trading, the welfare of European citizens and the environment. Through its services it provides a platform for the development of European Standards and other technical specifications.

CEN’s 33 National Members work together to develop voluntary European Standards (ENs). These standards have a unique status, since they also are national standards in each of its 33 Member countries. With one common standard in all these countries, and every conflicting national standard withdrawn, a product can reach a far wider market with much lower development and testing costs. ENs help build a European Internal Market for goods and services and to position Europe in the global economy. More than 60.000 technical experts as well as business federations, consumer and other societal interest organizations are involved in the CEN network that reaches over 600 million people.

CEN is involved in many research projects (INTEG-RISK, iSOIL, GRIFS, ESCORTS, SMART-CM) having a  standardization component. In cooperation with CENELEC, the group STAIR focuses on Innovation and RTD needs in standardization and interfaces with the European Commission and other bodies to share information, to ensure more research is done and used for the benefit of standardization and to maximize dissemination and efficient exploitation of end output of research, through standardization.

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