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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

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

  • 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)

  • 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

  • Member

  • Affiliate

27 Members of EU

3 Members of EFTA

Croatia

19 Affiliates


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

Law

Regulations

Mandatory

Standards

Public

Voluntary

CEN Workshop Agreement

Professional good practice, corporate specs, etc.

Private


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is automatically transposed in national standards and conflicting national standards are to be withdrawn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


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

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • 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”


Questions ?

Thank you

www.cen.eu

E-mail: [email protected]


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