Mission & objectives 

The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) are two distinct private international non-profit organizations based in Brussels.

Our mission is to fulfil the needs of our stakeholders: amongst others business, industry and commerce, service providers, public authorities and regulators, academia and research centres, European trade associations and interest groups representing environmentalists, consumers, trade unions as well as small and medium enterprises, and other public and private institutions.

We are leading providers of voluntary European Standards and related products and services for the benefit of businesses, consumers and other standard users in Europe.

European standards are driven by business and made through a transparent, balanced and consensus-based process in which relevant stakeholders are involved.

We aim to produce high-quality standards for products and services that incorporate quality, safety, environmental, interoperability and accessibility requirements. We adapt proactively to new developments and support European competitiveness, the protection of the environment and sustainable growth for the well-being of citizens and the strengthening of the single market (European Economic Area).

We promote the unique European Standardization System and its results, leading the implementation of best practice in standardization around the world.

We actively support international standardization, and cooperate closely with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC),  in order to pursue the goal of ‘one standard, one test, accepted everywhere’.


Strategy 2030

In November 2020, the CEN and CENELEC General Assemblies adopted  a new 10-year strategy. The Strategy 2030 outlines a common vision and ambition for CEN and CENELEC and aims to address the long-term, disruptive challenges we face as a community of European standardizers.

In doing so, we frame our strategic agenda for 2021-2030 firmly within the context of the twin digital and green transitions, to ensure that our standardization systems and services serve as catalysts for the radically transformative growth trajectory which Europe has embarked upon. The aim of the Strategy 2030, therefore, is for CEN and CENELEC to rethink and optimise the way we create value for our customers and stakeholders in a rapidly changing world.

The Strategy 2030 identifies 5 goals for CEN and CENELEC to focus on and work towards throughout the decade:

  1. EU and EFTA recognize and use the strategic value of the European standardization system
  2. Our customers and stakeholders benefit from state-of-the-art digital solutions
  3. Increase the use and awareness of CEN and CENELEC deliverables
  4. The CEN and CENELEC system to be the preferred choice for standardization in Europe
  5. Strengthen our leadership and ambition at the international level

Through these goals, we aim to contribute to our Vision of ‘Building a safer, more sustainable and competitive Europe through European and International Standardization’. To do so, we intend to strengthen our position as independent facilitators between industry, regulators, consumers and other stakeholders, and to ensure that our standards contribute to the competitiveness and sustainability of the European economy.