International Cooperation 

CEN and CENELEC, as European regional standardization bodies, have always promoted cooperation/collaboration with other standardization bodies worldwide.
We are dedicated and committed to international standardization through our memberships with international standardization bodies: The International Standards Organization - ISO (Vienna agreement for CEN) and the International Electrotechnical Commission - IEC (Dresden Agreement for CENELEC).

Our aim is also to increase trade with partners outside the European Economic Area by sharing with them the European model of Quality Infrastructure and integrating them in the international standardization arena.

Representing European interests worldwide

The European Commission and EFTA actively support the global awareness-raising activities carried out by CEN, CENELEC and ETSI, the European Standardization Organizations (ESO), as a tool to enhance the competitiveness of European businesses worldwide. Consequently, CEN and CENELEC are involved in different areas of the world where they represent the European interest and contribute at shaping the world dynamics.

Cooperate with us

Our main partners are third countries National Standardization Bodies (NSBs)/National Committees (NCs) or regional standardization bodies.

We propose three different models of cooperation for the NSBs/NCs of third countries: 

  • Affiliation
  • Standardization Partnership (PSB)
  • Cooperation Agreement

To see which cooperation’s model to offer, we analyse the third countries NSBs/NCs links with the European Economic Area, their wish to participate in technical activities and their interest in the results of the European Standardization process, as well as opportunities for implementing EU and EFTA (co-)funded projects.

As for the regional grouping of NSBs/NCs, we propose a:

  • Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)