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 2023 CEN has 2163 (active) Technical Bodies, whereof:

  • 317 CEN Technical Committees
  • 102 CEN Workshops
  • 57 Sub-Committees of CEN Technical Committees
  • 1519 CEN Working Groups
  • 18 CEN-CENELEC Technical Committees
  • 17 CEN-CENELEC Workshops
  • 35 CEN-CENELEC Working Groups
  • 3 CEN-CENELEC-ETSI Technical Committees
  • 4 CEN-CENELEC-ETSI Working Groups

Published European standards and other CEN deliverables

In 2022, CEN produced 1207 documents:

  • 943 European Standards (EN)
  • 146 Technical Specifications (TS)
  • 72 Technical Reports (TR)
  • 45 Workshop Agreements (CWA)
  • 1 Guide (CG)

The total number of living documents at the end of December 2022 is 18411 and consists of:

  • 16436 European Standards (EN)
  • 3 European Prestandards (ENV)
  • 705 Technical Specifications (TS)
  • 23 Reports (CR)
  • 697 Technical Reports (TR)
  • 503 Workshop Agreements (CWA)
  • 44 Guides (CG)

2892 documents were in preparation at the end of 2022.


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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