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.

All European National Standards Bodiess (NSBs) abide by the WTO-Technical Barriers to Trade agreement.  It is based on a number of principles, for example that there should be no trade barriers as a result of national standards, ensuring free movement of goods between states.  The Dresden Agreement was drawn up between CENELELC and IEC to avoid duplication between standardization at international and European levels, for the benefit of contributors, and users of, standards and foster barrier-free trade.

International, regional and national standards bodies complement each other.  Close co-operation among all three levels is required for the adoption of international standards at regional and national level. 

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.

Contact Points:

United States, Canada and South America

African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States countries

China, ASEAN countries, India

Development of Membership (PSB, Cooperation Agreements)

Hervé Gauthier

Programme Manager, International Cooperation


Western Balkans, Turkey and MEDA countries

Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asian countries

Japan, Koreae

Emirates and Gulf States


Development of Membership (PSB, Cooperation Agreements)

Eric Marchand

Programme Manager, International Cooperation