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European Standards Organisations enlarge membership to include Turkey

The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) have both decided to grant full membership status to the Turkish Standards Institution (TSE). This change will take effect on 1 January 2012, and represents an important step towards the full participation of Turkey in the European Single Market.

( read more ) Brussels, Belgium, 2011-12-12

Market take-up of innovation – role of European Standards

The European Standards Organizations welcome the proposal for HORIZON 2020

( read more ) Brussels, Belgium, 2011-12-05

Prague Anti-bureaucratic award granted to CEN and CENELEC

“European standardization strives to adapt to technological change in a rapidly evolving market that demands interoperability of products and services. Bureaucracy would impede this fast adaptation as it is often synonym of static and routinely. We must look forward and not backward and this implies alleviating the system from heavy bureaucratic processes”, Carlo Masetti at the occasion of the award ceremony.

( read more ) Brussels, Belgium, 2011-11-10

Standards for a 'Resource Efficient' Europe - PowerPoint presentations now available

Brussels, Tuesday 13 December 2011

( read more ) Brussels, Belgium, 2011-10-25

Pushing Forward on Medical Software Harmonisation

COCIR – CEN – CENELEC Joint Press Release

Pushing Forward on Medical Software Harmonisation

( read more ) Brussels, Belgium, 2011-10-13

Strengthening the involvement of SMEs in European Standardization

Strengthening the involvement of SMEs in European Standardization

( read more ) Brussels, Belgium, 2011-10-07

World Standards Day - 14 October - European Commission Conference

World Standards Day - 14 october - European Commission

( read more ) Brussels, Belgium, 2011-10-05

SME guide for standards writers: now available in 22 languages

SME guide for standards writers: now available in 22 languages

( read more ) Brussels, Belgium, 2011-10-04

CEN and CENELEC sign a joint Memorandum of Understanding with the International Federation of Standards Users (IFAN)

New joint Memorandum of Understanding with a major standards users international association!

( read more ) Brussels, Belgium, 2011-09-27

CEN and CENELEC answer "Yes" to the call for partnerships in Research and Innovation

( read more ) Brussels, Belgium, 2011-09-26

StandarDays September Presentations

Now available

StandarDays give a clear and structured overview of the European Standardization System, of the CEN and CENELEC products and processes, as well as the benefits of involvement to potential stakeholders.

( read more ) Brussels, Belgium, 2011-09-22

Launch of a new CENELEC Workshop

CENELEC Workshop 5 – Flow Batteries - Requirements and test methods

A CENELEC Workshop is planned as a first step towards standardization in the domain of flow batteries. It is intended to be a stepping stone towards a future European and/or international standard. Over the past 20 years, the interest in flow battery technology has grown, because of its potential for mass production of low cost, high performance energy storage system capable to be incorporated into large scale devices.

( read more ) Brussels, Belgium, 2011-09-21

New CENELEC catalogue 2011

Issue 2 now available

The CENELEC catalogue issue 2 is now available online.

To read it, please click on the following link:

( read more ) Brussels, Belgium, 2011-09-20

New CEN-CENELEC publication

Linking research to standardization

To facilitate the integration of standards in research proposals and in replies to the recent FP7 calls, CEN and CENELEC published a new guideline: Linking research to standardization.


( read more ) Brussels, Belgium, 2011-09-19

CCMC now offers video conferencing facilities with the launch of HDFaces of GoToMeeting

Since beginning of August 2011, the electronic tools provided by CCMC allow you to meet face-to-face with experts all over Europe without leaving your desk.

( read more ) Brussels, Belgium, 2011-09-16

Joint transatlantic collaboration on Smart Grid Standards Development

U.S., Europe Collaborating on Smart Grid Standards Development

( read more ) Brussels, Belgium, 2011-09-12

StandarDays 21 and 22 September 2011

Registrations for StandarDays are now closed. In case you are still interested in participating please send us an e-mail and we will put your name in the reserve list. Otherwise, we encourage you to join in our next StandarDays, which will take place 17 and 18 April 2012.

StandarDays is a two day information session aimed at newcomers to European standardization, as well as those who would like to understand the CEN and CENELEC Systems better. September 2011 edition gives you a unique opportunity to find answers to all your questions about European standardization. Do not miss it! To register and read the programme click "read more".

( read more ) Brussels, Belgium, 2011-08-11

Research Helpdesk to support researchers and innovators to include standardization in FP7 proposals

New Research Helpdesk launched by the Research Integration Unit within the Innovation Department of CEN and CENELEC!

( read more ) Brussels, Belgium, 2011-07-20

New Connect Issue 2 now available!

Get a glimpse of the latest news in the world of European Standardization during the second Quarter of 2011

Spring has been a demanding season for European Standardization, discover more by reading the latest issue of Connect now!

To read the Newsletter, click here.

For queries:

( read more ) Brussels, Belgium, 2011-07-11

Renewal of the Cooperation Agreement between CENELEC and DIGITALEUROPE

Renewal of trust between CENELEC and DIGITALEUROPE, the voice and advocate of the Digital Technology Industry in Europe.

( read more ) Brussels, Belgium, 2011-06-23

New CENELEC President Elect

Mr Tore Bloch Trondvold elected new CENELEC President by the General Assembly held in Krakow.

( read more ) Brussels, Belgium, 2011-06-22

New CEN-CENELEC Guide 20 on membership criteria

Now available online!

CEN and CENELEC issued a new joint guide on their membership criteria: CEN-CENELEC Guide 20.

To find it and read it, please go to our webpage listing all the existing CEN-CENELEC Guides by clicking here.

( read more ) Brussels, Belgium, 2011-06-21

Royal Appointment for CENELEC President

CENELEC President Mr David Dossett appointed “Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)”.

( read more ) Brussels, Belgium, 2011-06-14

CENELEC 2010 Annual Report

Now available in electronic format

The CENELEC 2010 Annual Report is now available online by clicking here. We wish you a nice reading!

( read more ) Brussels, Belgium, 2011-06-14

Strengthening cooperation between the standardization organisations of Europe and South America

Vice-President of the European Commission Mr Tajani’s official visit to Latin America

Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner responsible for Industry and Entrepreneurship, Mr Antonio Tajani, will be travelling to Latin America from 9 - 13 June, where he will be meeting his South American counterparts in Chile, Argentina and Brazil, the first official visit from a European Commissioner for industry in fifteen years! This landmark moment for the two continents, that have always enjoyed close historical, cultural, economic and political ties, will be the opportunity to give a new impulse to bilateral relations, this time through the prism of standardization, between South America and Europe, independently of current EU-Mercosur negotiations.

( read more ) Brussels, Belgium, 2011-06-10

CENELEC Report on Technical Activities 2011 issue 1

Now available!

The CENELEC Report on Technical Activities 2011 issue 1 is now available under our "RTA" section of our publications on the website. To have access, please click here.

( read more ) Brussels, Belgium, 2011-06-09

NEW CEN-CENELEC reply to the European Commission consultation on a possible Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials

Now available

CEN-CENELEC issued a new reply to the European Commission consultation on a possible Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials. To read it, please go to our policy opinions section.

( read more ) Brussels, Belgium, 2011-06-09

Standardization Package

Communication on a strategic vision for European Standards and the proposal for a regulation on European Standardization

The much awaited Communication on a strategic vision for European Standards and the proposal for a Regulation on European Standardization was released today by Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission, in the Berlaymont building of the European Commission.Reverberations are expected to be felt across the industry and the services sector, the latter being the big newcomer to be integrated, wherever possible, into the standardization process, not least because the proposal is now in the legal form of a Regulation, making it immediately enforceable, if approved by the European Parliament, as law in all Member States simultaneously.

( read more ) Brussels, Belgium, 2011-06-01


New CEN-CENELEC cartoon

Unsuspected standards in the work environment!

Our new cartoon is now available!

( read more ) Brussels, Belgium, 2011-05-25

Portable Batteries and Standardization in Europe

Cooperation Agreement between CENELEC and EPBA

Brussels, 24 May - EPBA, the European Portable Battery Association, and CENELEC, the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization signed a Cooperation Agreement. The objective of this agreement is to push forward the elaboration of a feasibility study of standardization activities (at European and international level) in the area of batteries and accumulators technology.

( read more ) Brussels, Belgium, 2011-05-24

CLC/TC 65CX “Fieldbus” adapts its scope and is converted into CLC/TC 65X “Industrial-process measurement, control and automation”

During its March 2011 meeting, CLC/TC 65CX “Fieldbus” investigated the alignment of their activities with the activities undertaken at the international level. IEC/TC 65 being restructured, CLC/TC 65CX considered it opportune to adapt its scope accordingly and to focus on the activities of IEC/TC 65 including its subcommittees.

( read more ) Brussels, Belgium, 2011-05-02

Electrical systems for road vehicles

Reactivation of CENELEC Technical Committee CLC TC 69X

During their April 201 meeting, the CENELEC Technical Board (BT) decided to reactivate the CENELEC Technical Committee CLC TC 69X on electrical systems for road vehicles. The main tasks of the CLC TC 69X will be to prepare European standards related to electrical systems for electric road vehicles, particularly concerning standardization and safety of recharging infrastructure, which is a key issue for allowing a broad deployment of environmentally friendly electrically propelled vehicles. CLC TC 69X will coordinate the implementation of global electric vehicle standards drafted by IEC TC 69, with specific work adapted to the European situation where appropriate.

( read more ) Brussels, Belgium, 2011-04-28

European Standards in business-related services

Boosting the free movement of services by facilitating the definition of services standards at European level is also the aim of CEN and CENELEC. An effective services market is of utmost importance in generating growth and jobs in Europe.

( read more ) Brussels, Belgium, 2011-04-19

Modernisation of EU public procurement policy

CEN-CENELEC reply to an EC Consultation

European Standards do play an important role in the European public procurement market. Standards can support the optimization of public spending by allowing public authorities to set clearer specificities open and transparent procurement process to all relevant bidders, especially for SMEs.

( read more ) Brussels, Belgium, 2011-04-19

Welcome to CENELEC new website!

Web conference trainings are organised for a guided tour of the website

The new CENELEC website offers a revamped structure and look & feel.

Since most of CENELEC's stakeholders are also strongly involved in the International Electrotechnical Commission's (the IEC) activities, i.e. CENELEC international counterpart, it was commonly agreed to align CENELEC website to the IEC new website as far as possible. This will allow CENELEC members and experts to find out their way more easily in the CENELEC website, which offers the same kind of information and electronic tools as the IEC.

Check out the web conference trainings we are organising to guide you through the website!

( read more ) Brussels, Belgium, 2011-03-28

Strengthening the involvement of SMEs in European Standardization - SMEST2 project has started

Given the continuing and growing importance of SMEs in European Standardization, CEN (European Committee for Standardization) and CENELEC (European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization) and the National Standards Bodies of  Austria (ASI), Germany (DIN) and the Netherlands (NEN) and NORMAPME (European Office of Craft/Trades and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises for Standardisation) jointly started the SME Standardization Toolkit (SMEST2) project.

( read more ) Brussels, Belgium, 2011-03-03

Sound level limits for personal music players and mobile phones

CENELEC accepted a Mandate from the European Commission to develop standards satisfying the health and safety aspects of personal music players and mobile phones with a music playing function in September 2009. These standards must ensure that under reasonably foreseeable conditions of use, such devices must be inherently safe and must not cause hearing damage. Listening to personal music players regularly at high volume settings over a sustained period can lead to permanent hearing damage. This was the conclusion of the EU Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR), which published its opinion on 13 October 2008.

( read more ) Brussels, Belgium, 2011-02-09

Agreement reached on the Micro-USB connector and the standard for the common mobile charger

CENELEC and the USB Implementers Forum reach agreement on memorandum of understanding

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed today between the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) and CENELEC, the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization.

( read more ) Brussels, Belgium, 2011-02-09

New standard for common mobile chargers

Towards global relevance for smartphones compatible chargers

A first step to benefit European consumers was achieved with the publication of a new standard for a common mobile charger, EN 62684, that was developed by CENELEC, the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization, following a request from the European Commission. Consumers will not have to change charger anymore when buying a new phone even when from a different brand.

( read more ) Brussels, Belgium, 2011-01-11