About CEN

The European Committee for Standardization is one of three European Standardization Organizations (together with CENELEC and ETSI) that have been officially recognized by the European Union and by the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) as being responsible for developing and defining voluntary standards at European level.

CEN in Figures

Technical Bodies

At the start of 2024 CEN has 2203 (active) Technical Bodies, whereof:

  • 319 CEN Technical Committees
  • 114 CEN Workshops
  • 58 Sub-Committees of CEN Technical Committees
  • 1533 CEN Working Groups
  • 20 CEN-CENELEC Technical Committees
  • 22 CEN-CENELEC Workshops
  • 43 CEN-CENELEC Working Groups
  • 3 CEN-CENELEC-ETSI Technical Committees
  • 5 CEN-CENELEC-ETSI Working Groups

Published European standards and other CEN deliverables

In 2023, CEN produced 993 documents:

  • 872 European Standards (EN)
  • 36 Technical Specifications (TS)
  • 36 Technical Reports (TR)
  • 48 Workshop Agreements (CWA)
  • 1 Guide (CG)

The total number of living documents at the end of December 2023 is 18493 and consists of:

  • 16672 European Standards (EN)
  • 1 European Prestandard (ENV)
  • 691 Technical Specifications (TS)
  • 19 Reports (CR)
  • 710 Technical Reports (TR)
  • 356 Workshop Agreements (CWA)
  • 44 Guides (CG)

2958 documents were in preparation at the end of 2023.


Latest update on Technical Bodies and Standards

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The outcomes of CEN and CENELEC activities are presented in the CEN and CENELEC in figures report. 


This quarterly report covers:

  1. standards publications
  2. work programme
  3. development timeframe
  4. international relations
  5. relations to EU legislation.

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