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


CEN-CENELEC Ambitions 2020

In line with the Communication from the European Commission 'EUROPE 2020 - A strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth' (COM(2010) 2020), the CEN and CENELEC communities have outlined where they want to be in 2020 in their so-called 'Ambitions 2020'.

The paper reflects CEN and CENELEC’s commitment to actively contribute to the strengthening of Europe’s growth and competitiveness through a solid and sustainable standardization system that creates added value for the European economy. The European standardization system acts as an important component in European leadership, whilst at the same time advancing consumer safety and environmental protection. This joint initiative reflects the need for convergence and for strengthened cross-sector cooperation through a shared vision, while providing an overall framework for our future business development.

CEN and CENELEC have set six objectives to be reached by 2020, namely global influence, regional relevance, wider recognition, network of excellence, innovation and growth and a sustainable standardization system.
Learn more about the CEN and CENELEC Ambitions 2020 (pdf format)