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
NEW TECHNICAL COMMITTEE
In July 2013 CEN created a new Technical Committee - CEN/TC 426 - Project Committee 'Appliances used for water treatment not connected to water supply'. The Secretariat of this TC will be held by UNI, Italy. The first meeting of this new Committee took place on the 15th of November 2013 in UNI headquarters in Milan, Italy.
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/464 Standardisation Mandate issued to CEN on the safety of child-care articles: Cluster 1 (drowning risks). Bath rings, bathing aids, bath tubs and stands.
- 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