CEN, alongside CENELEC and ETSI, is recognized by the European Union as a European Standardization Organization. The legal framework for this cooperation is set out in EU Regulation 1025/2012, which entered into force on 1 January 2013.
CEN brings together knowledge and expertise from its members, from business and industry and from other stakeholders, in order to develop European Standards for products, materials, services and processes. These European Standards encompass the latest techniques and technologies.
When they are correctly applied, European Standards ensure quality, performance and interoperability. They help to protect the environment, as well as the health and safety of consumers and workers.
CEN is also committed to supporting the international standardization system, and cooperates closely with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) through the Vienna Agreement.