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European Standardisation: A short insight. By Guido De Jongh CEN-CENELEC Management Centre - Brussels. What is CEN ? (1). The European Committee for Standardization, whose members are the National Standardization Bodies of the EU and EFTA countries plus Croatia

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European standardisation a short insight

European Standardisation: A short insight

By Guido De Jongh

CEN-CENELEC Management Centre - Brussels


What is cen 1

What is CEN ?(1)

  • The European Committee for Standardization, whose members are the National Standardization Bodies of the EU and EFTA countries plus Croatia

  • CEN is an international non-profit organisation, incorporated under Belgian law

  • 2 Counsellors (European Commission, EFTA)

  • CEN-CENELEC Management Centre (CCMC), Brussels

  • Recognized by the European Authorities as one of the three competent standardization bodies for the EU (see Directive 98/34/EC)


What is cen 2

What is CEN ?(2)

  • Over 60 000 experts of all fields are active in CEN work

  • Experts of authorities, industry, consumer organisations, etc. (i.e. the stakeholders) participate in the standardisation process, which is open and transparent


The geography

The geography

  • Member

  • Affiliate

27 Members of EU

3 Members of EFTA

Croatia

19 Affiliates


How do we harmonize and contribute to the single market

European Standards (EN)

Over 14 000 ENs exist today, with about 1 000 new documents being published every year

European Standards are, from a legal point of view, voluntary in their use, but “unavoidable” in practise

CEN Workshop Agreements (CWA)

Consensus-based documents, directly made by the stakeholders

Often used in innovative areas, e.g. biofuels or information technology

How do we harmonize and contribute to the single market ?


Standards regulations and private specifications

Standards, regulations and private specifications

Law

Regulations

Mandatory

Standards

Public

Voluntary

CEN Workshop Agreement

Professional good practice, corporate specs, etc.

Private


What is a standard

What is a standard ?

A standard is a document

established by all interested parties (e.g. also yourself)

reflecting consensus

In addition, a European Standard

is automatically transposed in national standards and conflicting national standards are to be withdrawn

European Standards are, from a legal point of view, voluntary in their use, but at the same time “unavoidable” in practice

A tool to underpin the details of directives

e.g. Medical device directive


Drafting european standards

6 Months

Timeframe: 36 Months

Drafting European Standards?

Circulation for comments

Draft

Standard

Project

Proposal

Technical

Committee

Working

Group

Technical

Committee

NationalStandardsBody

USER

European

Standard

National implementation

Weighted vote


Not only european standards the cen workshop agreement

Not only European Standards: The CEN Workshop Agreement

  • The CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA) represents the consensus of identified stakeholders

  • Anybody interested can join (including anyone outside Europe) – direct participation

  • A public process

  • Rules are very simple (non-bureaucratic)

  • Workshops are fast (5 months is the record, 12-15 months average!)

  • The CEN Workshop Agreement shall not conflict with ENs


Different steps to publish a cen workshop agreement

Different steps to publish a CEN Workshop Agreement

Drafting and adoption of CWA

Kick-off Meeting

Publication of CWA

Business Plan

TIMEFRAME: 6 – 18 MONTHS

Describing

– Scope

– Objectives

– Financing

– Schedule

Confirming

Business Plan :

– Rules of the

Workshop

– Financing

– Chairmanship

– Secretariat

Consensus

process

– Workshop participants

– Public consultation, as appropriate

Announced

by

CEN National

Members


Our international partner iso

Our international partner: ISO

  • Main differences CEN – ISO

    • ISO works at worldwide level

    • Consensus building process on ISO standards must take account of all regional interests

    • No automatic transposition of ISO standard at national level

  • Collaboration agreement between CEN and ISO (Vienna Agreement) avoids duplication of work


Some examples

Some examples

  • Standards on products

    • EN 71 series on “Safety of toys”

    • EN 14214:2008 “Biodiesel” for cars

    • EN 81 series on “Lifts”

  • Standards on services

    • EN 14804: 2005 “Language study tour providers – Requirements”

    • EN 14467: 2004 “Recreational diving services – Requirements for recreational scuba diving service providers”

    • prEN 15733 “Services of Real Estate Agents – Requirements for the provision of the services of real estate agents”


European standardisation a short insight

Questions ?

Thank you

www.cen.eu

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