CEN, the European Committee for Standardization (Comité européen de normalisation, Europäisches Komitee für Normung), is an international non-profit organisation set up under Belgian law.
Through our services, we provide a platform for the development of European Standards (ENs) and other consensus documents. CEN's 33 National Members work together to develop these publications in a large number of sectors to help build the European internal market in goods and services, removing barriers to trade and strengthening Europe's position in the global economy.
More than 60.000 technical experts from industry, associations, public administrations, academia, and societal organizations are involved in the CEN network that reaches over 600 million people.
We work in a decentralized way. Our members – the National Standardization Bodies (NSBs) of the EU and EFTA countries – operate the technical groups that draw up the standards; the CEN-CENELEC Management Centre (CCMC) in Brussels manages and coordinates this system.
We are working to promote the international harmonisation of standards in the framework of technical cooperation agreements with ISO (International Organization for Standardization).
For more information consult CEN Statutes in English or French (pdf format).