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


Vision & mission

Vision & mission

It is our vision to enhance European innovation and competitiveness through excellence in electrotechnical standardization.

CENELEC's mission is to prepare voluntary electrotechnical standards that help develop the Single European Market/European Economic Area for electrical and electronic goods and services removing barriers to trade, creating new markets and cutting compliance costs.

It is our duty to fulfil the needs of our stakeholders by:

  • providing high quality standardization products and services that enhance innovation and competitiveness in the fields of electricity, electronics and associated technologies;
  • shaping internationalisation through the promotion of the European Standardization Model in order to support the IEC goal of one standard, one test, accepted everywhere;
  • benefiting European society and giving confidence to consumers by ensuring the quality, safety, environmental and interoperability requirements for products and services


CENELEC Strategy 2010-2013

The CENELEC Strategy 2010-2013 presents the organization's global perspective on its role and expected achievements by 2013. The strategy therefore relies on the analysis of current societal, political and economic developments and on the foresight of the challenges ahead with the aim to maintain the organisation's relevance, and to preserve and reinforce its added value.

CENELEC's new strategy is an attempt to address the recent and the expected developments by taking into consideration the following factors:

  • The political and legislative framework
  • The market place
  • The global context
  • The societal aspects

The European strategy for electrotechnical standardization takes into account the numerous societal changes and economic shifts that Europe has undergone over the last few years. Therefore, the consolidation of Europe's cohesion and its internal market along with the improvement of citizen's welfare remain key drivers. But also, knowledge and innovation are key contributors to growth. Standardization represents one of the most important and valuable sources of high-quality information, which in most cases is linked to additional know-how and knowledge. Therefore, standardization plays a significant role in ensuring and fostering growth. Moreover, the interdependence of countries and regions triggered by the globalised economy brings the need for global solutions to complement the regional achievements and guarantee their sustainability. European electrotechnical standardization thus shall continue to aim at removing trade barriers and opening up markets while securing its global reach through its strategy.