CEN's activities in relation to food safety are in line with the European Union's objective to achieve the highest possible level of health protection for the consumers of Europe's food.
EU food safety legislation establishes a cascade of methods that shall be used for official control purposes. Preference is given to methods that comply with internationally recognized rules or protocols, like those described in CEN publications. Therefore a majority of European Standards and other deliverables developed by CEN in the area of Food and Feed are supported by standardization requests, also known as Mandates, from the European Commission requesting development of validated methods of analysis of food and feed.
More information about European Standards and other deliverables developed by CEN in the area of Food and Feed as well as the European Union’s legislative context can be found in sections below.