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1 European Standardisation: A short insight By Guido De Jongh CEN-CENELEC Management Centre - Brussels

2  2005 CEN – all rights reserved  2010 CEN – all rights reserved 30/04/ What is CEN ? (1)  The European Committee for Standardization, whose members are the National Standardization Bodies of the EU and EFTA countries plus Croatia  CEN is an international non-profit organisation, incorporated under Belgian law  2 Counsellors (European Commission, EFTA)  CEN-CENELEC Management Centre (CCMC), Brussels  Recognized by the European Authorities as one of the three competent standardization bodies for the EU (see Directive 98/34/EC)

3  2005 CEN – all rights reserved  Over experts of all fields are active in CEN work  Experts of authorities, industry, consumer organisations, etc. (i.e. the stakeholders) participate in the standardisation process, which is open and transparent 3  2010 CEN – all rights reserved 30/04/2015 What is CEN ? (2)

4  2005 CEN – all rights reserved 4 The geography  Member  Affiliate 27 Members of EU 3 Members of EFTA Croatia 19 Affiliates  2010 CEN – all rights reserved 30/04/2015

5  2005 CEN – all rights reserved 5 How do we harmonize and contribute to the single market ?  European Standards (EN)  Over ENs exist today, with about new documents being published every year  European Standards are, from a legal point of view, voluntary in their use, but “unavoidable” in practise  CEN Workshop Agreements (CWA)  Consensus-based documents, directly made by the stakeholders  Often used in innovative areas, e.g. biofuels or information technology  2010 CEN – all rights reserved 30/04/2015

6  2005 CEN – all rights reserved 6 Standards, regulations and private specifications Regulations Standards Professional good practice, corporate specs, etc. Mandatory Voluntary Public Private Law CEN Workshop Agreement  2010 CEN – all rights reserved 30/04/2015

7  2005 CEN – all rights reserved What is a standard ?  A standard is a document  established by all interested parties (e.g. also yourself)  reflecting consensus  In addition, a European Standard  is automatically transposed in national standards and conflicting national standards are to be withdrawn  European Standards are, from a legal point of view, voluntary in their use, but at the same time “unavoidable” in practice  A tool to underpin the details of directives  e.g. Medical device directive  2010 CEN – all rights reserved 30/04/2015 7

8  2005 CEN – all rights reserved 8 Drafting European Standards?  2010 CEN – all rights reserved 30/04/2015 National Standards Body Timeframe: 36 Months Technical Committee Technical Committee Project Proposal Working Group USER Draft Standard European Standard Circulation for comments Weighted vote National implementation 6 Months

9  2005 CEN – all rights reserved 9 Not only European Standards: The CEN Workshop Agreement  The CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA) represents the consensus of identified stakeholders  Anybody interested can join (including anyone outside Europe) – direct participation  A public process  Rules are very simple (non-bureaucratic)  Workshops are fast (5 months is the record, months average!)  The CEN Workshop Agreement shall not conflict with ENs  2010 CEN – all rights reserved 30/04/2015

10  2005 CEN – all rights reserved 10 Different steps to publish a CEN Workshop Agreement Drafting and adoption of CWA Describing – Scope – Objectives – Financing – Schedule Confirming Business Plan : – Rules of the Workshop – Financing – Chairmanship – Secretariat Announced by CEN National Members TIMEFRAME: 6 – 18 MONTHS Consensus process – Workshop participants – Public consultation, as appropriate  2010 CEN – all rights reserved 30/04/2015 Publication of CWA Kick-off Meeting Business Plan

11  2005 CEN – all rights reserved Our international partner: ISO 11  Main differences CEN – ISO  ISO works at worldwide level  Consensus building process on ISO standards must take account of all regional interests  No automatic transposition of ISO standard at national level  Collaboration agreement between CEN and ISO (Vienna Agreement) avoids duplication of work  2010 CEN – all rights reserved 30/04/2015

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13  2005 CEN – all rights reserved Some examples  Standards on products  EN 71 series on “Safety of toys”  EN 14214:2008 “Biodiesel” for cars  EN 81 series on “Lifts”  Standards on services  EN 14804: 2005 “Language study tour providers – Requirements”  EN 14467: 2004 “Recreational diving services – Requirements for recreational scuba diving service providers”  prEN “Services of Real Estate Agents – Requirements for the provision of the services of real estate agents” 13  2010 CEN – all rights reserved 30/04/2015

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