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Comitato Europeo di Normalizzazione
Comité Européen de Normalisation
European Committee for Standardization
Europäisches Komitee für Normung

logo CEN What is CEN ?
CEN is the European Committee responsible for standardization in all fields , except the Electrotechnical field (CENELEC delegated) and the Telecommunication field (ETSI delegated) in Europe.

The CEN then works closely with the two entities:

  • CENELEC - Comitato Europeo di Normalizzazione Elettrotecnica
  • ETSI - European Telecommunications Standardization Institute
  • EUROLAB - European Federation of National Associations of Measurements, Testing and Analitycal Laboratories

Main commitment

Headquartered in Brussels , only recently has become involved in activities specifically related to the environment , while for the worldwide activities , CEN has signed a technical cooperation agreement (Vienna Agreement) with its counterpart international:

  • ISO - International Organization for standardization

The CEN / CENELEC is designed to promote trade in goods and services among member countries , harmonizing the respective national standards and cooperating with European political, economic and scientific interested in normalization.


CEN is composed of the European National Standards Bodies of the following countries :

Affiliated institutions

Are affiliated to CEN technical committees of the following countries :

  • Albania - DSC
    Directorate of Standardization and Quality
  • Bulgaria - CSM
    Committee for Standardization and Metrology
  • Croazia - DZNM
    State Office for Standardization and Metrology
  • Cipro - CYS
    Cyprus Organization for Standards and Control of Quality
  • Estonia - EVS
    National Standards Board of Estonia
  • Ungheria - MSZT
    Hungarian Standards Institution
  • Lettonia -
    Department of Quality Management and Structure Development (Riga)
  • Lituania - LST
    Lithuanian Standards Board
  • Malta -
    Malta Standardization Authority c/o
    Department of Industry (St Venera)
  • Polonia - PKN
    Polish Committee for Standardization
  • Romania - ASRO
    Institutul Român de Standardizare (Bucurest)
  • Slovacchia - UNMS
    Slovak Office of Standardization, Metrology and Testing (Bratislava)
  • Slovenia - SMIS
    Standards and Metrology Institute of the Republic of Slovenia
  • Turchia - TSE
    Turkish Standards Institution

Corresponding organizations


  • Egitto - EOS
    Egyptian Organization for Standardization and Quality Control
  • Sudafrica - SABS
    South African Bureau of Standards
  • Ucraina - DSTU
    State Committee of Ukraine for Standardization, Metrology and Certification
  • Iugoslavia - SZS
    Federal Institution for Standardization


The standards adopted by CEN / CENELEC are to be adopted by member countries of CEN and CENELEC are obliged to follow the common rules that define the manner in which it must be attributed , without modification , the status of a national standard to the European standard .


The CEN/CENELEC uses largely the work of:

  • ISO - l'Organizzazione Internazionale di Normazione
  • IEC - la Commissione Elettrotecnica Internazionale

and uses them whenever possible or necessary to introduce the application in Europe .


CEN and CENELEC are formed by:

  • General Assembly and a board of directors;
  • a Central Secretariat ;
  • various technical committees , whose secretariat is provided by the various member countries


In technical work related all'eleborazione European standards , priority was given to topics that are given to CEN / CENELEC by the European Community and the European Free Trade Association .


Rue de Stassart 36
B-1050 Brussels
Phone: +32 2 550 0811
Fax: +32 2 550 0819

Related bodies:

  • ISO - International Organisation for Standardization
  • IEC - International Electrotechnical Commission
  • ITU - International Telecommunication Union
  • ETSI - European Telecommunications Standards Organisation
  • EWOS - European Workshop on Open Systems
  • ANSI - American National Standards Institute
  • IEEE - The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • EASC - EuroAsian Interstate Council
  • BAS - Institut for standardization of Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • ISRM - Standardization Insitute of the Republic of Macedonia
  • OIML - International Organisation of Legal Metrology
  • SUTN - Slovak Institute for Standardization
  • EGOLF - European Federation for Non-Destructive Testing
  • KOLAS - Korea Laboratory Accreditation Scheme
  • IFAN - International Federation of Standards Users


Associated bodies

Are related to CEN:

  • ANEC - European Association for the co-ordination of consumer representation in standardization (Bruxelles) -
  • CEFIC - European Chemical Industry Council (Bruxelles)
  • FIEC - European Construction Industry Federation (Bruxelles)
  • NORMAPME - European Office of Crafts, Trades and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises for Standardization - (Bruxelles)
  • TUTB - European Trade Union Technical Bureau for Health and Safety (Bruxelles) -

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