European Standards (ENs) are based on a consensus, which reflects the economic and social interests of 34 CEN Member countries channelled through their National Standardization Organizations. Most standards are initiated by industry. Other standardization projects can come from consumers, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) or associations, or even European legislators.
Besides European Standards, CEN produces other reference documents, which can be developed quickly and easily: Technical Specifications, Technical Reports and Workshop Agreements.
This section gives you an overview of our deliverables, how standards are being developed in Europe, and in which fields standardization work is carried out, as well as explains how we support legislation.
Find out about our activities planned for 2017 and read the CEN and CENELEC Work Programme (pdf format). Updates on the Work Programme are under 'Fields of work'.
Looking for a standard and/or wanting to buy one? The 'find your way' section will help you out.