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 Frankfurt 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:

Mrs Zhuohua CHEN
Programme Manager, International Cooperation
CEN and CENELEC Affiliates;
Canada, Central and South America;
Caribbean and Pacific Group of States countries;
China, Japan, South Korea, ASEAN countries;
Development of Membership (Companion Standards Bodies, Cooperation Agreements);
Projects: SESEC III, Quality Infrastructure in the Western Balkans


Programme Manager, International Cooperation
CEN and CENELEC Companion Standardization Body;
Gulf States, Russia, Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Africa;
India, Central and South Asia, Oceania;
Projects: SESEI III
Development of Membership ( (Companion Standards Bodies, Cooperation Agreements)


Mrs Alexandra RENTEA
Administrator, International Cooperation

Visibility and Communication
Stakeholder engagement
Dissemination of European Standards to 3rd countries and regions