International Standards and Conformity Assessment for all electrical, electronic and related technologies


Foster international trade

The international dimension of European Standards fosters European industry's global competitiveness, boosts global trade and provides for a level playing field at global level.

At international level, the ‘World Trade Oraganization (WTO) -Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement’ recognizes the “contribution that international standards and conformity assessment systems can make… by improving efficiency of production and facilitating the conduct of international trade”, hence reinforcing the principle that there should be no trade barriers to ensure free movement of goods between states. At the CENELEC level, all European National Standards Bodies (NSBs) abide by the WTO-Technical Barriers to Trade agreement.

To avoid duplication between standardization at international and European level, we have signed signed the Dresden Agreement with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

CENELEC endeavours to increase the promotion of the use of international standards through its different agreements with third countries, such as for example on a regional level through so-called memoranda of understanding, as well as through specific Visibility and Technical Assistance projects.


More detailed information on our global role can be found on the CEN-CENELEC website.

Contact Points:

Hervé Gauthier
Programme Manager, International Cooperation
United States, Canada, Central and South America
African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States countries
China, ASEAN countries, India
Development of Membership (PSB, Cooperation Agreements)

Eric Marchand
Programme Manager, International Cooperation
Western Balkans, Turkey and MEDA countries
Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asian countries
Japan, Korea, Mongolia
Development of Membership (PSB, Cooperation Agreements)

Alexandra Rentea
Administrator, International Cooperation
Visibility and Communication
Distribution of ENs to 3rd countries