What we do
The standardization process
European Standards (ENs) are based on a consensus, which reflects the economic and social interests of
33 CENELEC Member countries channelled through their National Electrotechnical Committees (NCs). Most
standards are initiated by industry. Other standardization projects can come from consumers, Small and
Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) or associations, or even European legislators.
Besides European Standards, CENELEC produces other reference documents, which can be developed quickly and easily: Technical Specifications, Technical Reports and Workshop Agreements.
Participating in the standardization making process
Standards are driven by business, and drafted by technical experts in the field. In building European consensus, industry, trade federations, public authorities, academia and NGO representatives are invited to contribute to the standardization process. It is this open participation, which accounts for the strength of European standardization.
How to participate?
The route for participating in the development of European Standards is through national members (NSBs/NCs). They send balanced delegations to represent the concerned interests in a standardization project. European trade associations and interest groups - representing environmentalists, consumers, trade unions, as well as small and medium-sized enterprises, amongst others - also have the opportunity to contribute to the development of a standard.
Participation in the process allows a stakeholder to anticipate changes to standards in his sector as well as have a say in the content. A manufacturer wishing to participate in the CENELEC process contacts his NC, either directly or through a trade association. Through the National Committee, the manufacturer can become involved in a national mirror committee, which is responsible for developing the national position on a particular standard and presenting this position to the relevant CENELEC Technical Body. It may also be possible to become a member of the national delegation of the CENELEC Technical Body, or to be nominated to serve as a technical expert in one of the Working Groups.