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The European Committee for Standardization or Comité Européen de Normalisation (CEN), is a private non-profit organisation whose mission is to foster the European economy in global trading, the welfare of European citizens and the environment by providing an efficient infrastructure to interested parties for the development, maintenance and distribution of coherent sets of standards and specifications.

The CEN was founded in 1961. Its thirty national members work together to develop European Standards (ENs) in various sectors to build a European internal market for goods and services and to position Europe in the global economy. Some of these standards are voluntary, whereas other standards such as harmonized standards have been made effectively mandatory under EU law. CEN is officially recognised as a European standards body by the European Union; the other official European standards bodies are the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).

More than 60.000 technical experts as well as business federations, consumer and other societal interest organisations are involved in the CEN network that reaches over 460 million people. CEN is the officially recognized standardisation representative for sectors other than electrotechnical (CENELEC) and telecommunications (ETSI). On 12 February 1999 the European Parliament noted in a resolution that CEN, CENELEC and ETSI co-operate smoothly and that a merger of the three standardizaton bodies would not have clear advantages.

The standardisation bodies of the thirty national members represent the twenty seven member states of the European Union, three countries of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and countries which are likely to join the EU or EFTA in the future. CEN is contributing to the objectives of the European Union and European Economic Area with technical standards (EN standards) which promote free trade, the safety of worker and consumers, interoperability of networks, environmental protection, exploitation of research and development programmes, and public procurement. An example of mandatory standards are those for materials and products used in construction and listed under the Construction Products Directive. The CE mark is a declaration by the manufacturer that a product complies with the respective EU directive and hence the harmonized standard(s) referenced by the directive(s).

CEN (together with CENELEC) owns the Keymark, a voluntary quality mark for products and services. A product bearing the Keymark demonstrates conformity to European Standards.

The current CEN Members are Austriamarker, Belgiummarker, Bulgariamarker, Cyprusmarker, the Czech Republicmarker, Denmarkmarker, Estoniamarker, Finlandmarker, Francemarker, Germanymarker, Greecemarker, Hungarymarker, Icelandmarker, Irelandmarker, Italymarker, Latviamarker, Lithuaniamarker, Luxembourgmarker, Maltamarker, the Netherlandsmarker, Norwaymarker, Polandmarker, Portugalmarker, Romaniamarker, Slovakiamarker, Sloveniamarker, Spainmarker, Swedenmarker, Switzerlandmarker and the United Kingdommarker.

The current affiliates are Albaniamarker, Croatiamarker, Macedoniamarker and Turkeymarker.

The current partner standardisation bodies are Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovinamarker, Egyptmarker, Moldovamarker, Russiamarker, Serbiamarker, Tunisiamarker and Ukrainemarker.


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