Consumer products are defined as items intended for consumers or likely to be used by consumers, even if not intended for them. Products provided in the framework of a service to consumers are also considered to be consumer products.
News and events
TOYS - Call for Tender for two Technical Project Leaders and for one Peer Review Laboratory for the development of standardized methods on the analysis of N-Nitrosamines and N-nitrosatable substances in toys, for a study on mouthing behaviour of children and for the elaboration of a European Standard and a Technical Report
With mandate M/445 of July 2009, the European Commission requested CEN to adjust existing European standards to the requirements of Directive 2009/48/EC and to elaborate new standards, if necessary.
Revision of the future EN 71-12 (including method development/validation and research on migration conditions) and the elaboration of a new technical report on mouthing behavior are subject to this call for tender.
To reply send all documents required in the Call for Tenders (Chapter VIII) to Mr Sebastian Lentz, secretary of CEN/TC 52/WG 5 at the latest by 2013-07-01.
Technical Bodies & Activities
To see the full list of CEN Technical Committees operating in the area of consumer products click on the link below:
A Sector Forum is a platform aiming at facilitating the exchange of information between the different stakeholders, coordinating and identifying the standardization needs in a specific field of CEN work.
There is no Sector Forum in the Consumer products field.
European Legislation and Mandates
European Standards are developed in the context of European legislation and sometimes come in direct support to particular Directives or Regulations.
CEN has developed European Standards covering a wide range of consumer products and more than 30 are cited in the Official Journal of the European Union in the frame fo the General Product Safety Directive (2001/95/EC). This Directive is currently undergoing a revision and it will become a Regulation.
CEN has also developed a series of European Standards in support of the Toys Safety Directive (2009/48/EC).
In 2012 CEN accepted the following European Commission Mandates for standardisation work:
- M/497 Standardization Mandate to CEN on the safety of child-care articles (Cluster 2: risks in the sleeping environment): mattresses for cots, cot bumpers, suspended beds for children,, duvets for children, sleep bags for children - the work has been allocated to CEN/TC 252 "Child use and care articles", CEN/TC 248 "Textiles", CEN/TC 207 "Furniture" as well as to a Joint Working Group 34 between CEN/TC 248 and CEN/TC 252.
M/505 Standardisation Mandate issued to the European Standardisation Organisations (ESOs) to develop European Standards in order to address certain risks posed to children by Internal Blinds, Corded Window Coverings and Safety Devices
M/506 Standardisation Mandate issued to the European Standardisation Organisations (ESOs) to develop European Standards for Stationary Training Equipment
M/507 Standardisation Mandate issued to the European Standardisation Organisations (ESOs) to develop European Standards for Gymnastic Equipment
M/508 Standardisation Mandate issued to the European Standardisation Organisations (ESOs) to develop European Standards for Bicycles, Bicycles for Young Children and Luggage Carriers for Bicycles
Harmonised European Standards
Check the latest lists of European Standards referenced in the Official Journal of the European Union in support of:
Useful links & documents
Standards are drafted in collaboration with ANEC
, the European Concumer Voice in Standardization
At international level the ISO/Copolco
policy committee sets the consumer policy