What are the sectors covered by CEN standards?
What are the CEN Products?
Are European Standards free of charge?
They are available from CEN's National Members and Affiliates for a reasonable fee.
Indeed, European Standards are the result of extensive efforts performed by the market players, who provide the expertise and fund the infrastructure of standardization in Europe. They represent an exceptional value for the users, who support this work and infrastructure through their purchase.
Certain CEN Workshop Agreements (especially in the ICT domain) are available free of charge under special arrangements, for example, where industry has offset the loss of sales.
All standardization documents are protected by copyright and associated exploitation rights.
Where can I purchase European Standards and draft standards?
All European Standards (ENs) and drafts (prENs), as well as any other approved document (Technical Specifications (TSs), Technical Reports (TRs) and CEN Workshop Agreements (CWAs), are directly available for purchase from:
Is there a CEN Catalogue of standards? How do I search the collection of CEN standards?
You can search by English title, standard reference, document type, ICS (International Classification for Standards), progress status and committee.
Is there copyright on European Standards?
Therefore, any reproduction, distribution, resale or communication of standards in any medium, is forbidden without the formal written authorization from the NSB where the standard was purchased.
More information on CEN IPR policy.
What is a Harmonized Standard?
Compliance with harmonised standards provides a presumption of conformity with the corresponding requirements of harmonisation legislation. Manufacturers, other economic operators or conformity assessment bodies can use harmonised standards to demonstrate that products, services or processes comply with relevant EU legislation."
Where do I get directives and regulations?
The texts are also available on paper from sales agents of the Office for Official Publications of the European Communities (EUR-OP) throughout the world.
What is CE Marking?
CE Marking is not a CEN activity.
A useful reference is the European Commission's 'Guide to the implementation of Directives based on the New Approach and Global Approach', more specifically Chapter 7 dedicated to CE Marking.
Is certification part of CEN activities?
For any further support on question regarding certification, please contact your National Standards Body.
What is a Notified Body?
The Nando (New Approach Notified and Designated Organisations) Information System allows you to search for Notified Bodies by Directive or by country.
What is BOSS?
The CEN Business Operations Support System (BOSS) is the unique source of reference for all CEN System operations:
• Corporate information: on the CEN mission, principles, business environment, membership, etc...;
• Production Processes: standards making processes (core process);
• Support Processes: services supporting the operations of the CEN System, its actors and customers;
• Organisation: organisational overview of the CEN System and description of its bodies and constituents;
• Supporting Material: reference documents (e.g. Statutes, Internal Regulations, CA and BT decisions);
• Guidance documents, forms, resolution formats & templates, useful hyperlinks;
• Management Processes: processes used by management committees to direct and control CEN.
Who can answer my technical question?
Want to know more on CEN IPR Declarations?
CEN-CENELEC Guide 8 on the Guidelines for Implementation of the Common IPR Policy (Patents and other statutory intellectual property rights based on inventions), defines the common CEN and CENELEC policy in relation to IPR issues and gives a systematic procedure for the implementation of the policy developed at international level by ISO and IEC (see ISO/IEC Directives Part 1, Reference to patented items, and Part 2, Annex F).