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


Integration of societal stakeholders

Recognizing the importance of engaging with its stakeholders, societal, consumer and environmental alike, CENELEC has always fostered the input and the participation of these stakeholders in standardization with a special focus on helping to protect the environment and safeguard the interests of the consumer.

ECOS, the European Environmental Citizens Organisation for Standardisation has been a Cooperating Partner of CENELEC since 2004, and actively participates in several technical committees (amongst which, CLC/TC 59X "Performance of household and similar electrical appliances", CLC/TC 108X "Safety of electronic equipment within the fields of Audio/Video, Information Technology and Communication Technology", CLC/TC 111X "Environment", etc...). Through its active participation in standardization work (comments or direct input) ECOS brought to light the importance of increasing the ecological performance of products.

ANEC, the European consumer voice in standardization (European Association for the Co-ordination of Consumer Representation in Standardisation) is deeply involved in the work of several technical committees (amongst which CLC/TC 59X "Performance of household and similar electrical appliances", CLC/TC 61 "Safety of household and similar electrical appliances", etc...) and fruitfully collaborated on several topics in respect to safety of children, older people and people with disabilities.

ETUI, the European Trade Union Institute provides, on a case by case approach, the relevant technical support in the field of occupational health, safety and protection of workers.

In addition to this, societal stakeholders' interests are gathered at national level by the national standardization platforms of CENELEC members, i.e. the National Electrotechnical Committees (NCs). The national experts then defend the national consensus position at European and International level. This system ensures that the reality of the national market is adequately reflected in the standardization work at all levels.

The complementarity offered by the various levels of the European Standardization System guarantees the proper involvement of societal stakeholders and the respect of their interests.