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


Reach the global economy



Europe is the region that has the largest implementation percentage of international standards. Standards grant access to the global market and are an important asset in contributing to the international dimension of Europe. CENELEC's ties with the IEC (the International Electrotechnical Commission), are settled through the Frankfurt Agreement. This agreement allows the widening of trade borders of the European Union, and guarantees a strong European presence at international level. Through the involvement of experts in Technical Committees, European and national expertise is being developed and recognised globally.


The need to find as much as possible international solutions for the electrotechnical sector is duly reflected in the results achieved through the Frankfurt Agreement which show that almost 80% of European standards (ENs) are identical to or based on IEC international standards. These standards have in turn become the national standard of all 34 CENELEC members and some of them directly support European legislation.


With European Standards as a common reference tool, you manage the quality of your products and cut down barriers to trade.