EU Standards Background and History
Within the European community of countries, the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) is the recognised body for coordinating the development of Standards agreed by national certification bodies - such as The British Standards Institute in the UK and The NSAI in Ireland - each country having its own organisation.
CEN, the European Committee for Standardisation, was founded in 1961 by the national standards bodies in the European Economic Community and EFTA countries. CEN contributes to the objectives of the European Union and European Economic Area with voluntary technical standards which promote free trade, the safety of workers and consumers, interoperability of networks, environmental protection, exploitation of research and development programmes and public procurement.
All European Standards (EN) and drafts (prEN), as well as any other approved document (Technical Specifications (CEN TS), Technical Reports (CEN TR) and CEN Workshop Agreements (CWA), can be obtained from any National Body.
CEN itself does not sell these publications.
Published Standards are not freely available, and must be purchased.
On this site we are permitted to publish extracts only.
Last Updated ( Sunday, 26 October 2008 )