Priority Partners

Priority Partners

In 2018, CEN and CENELEC decided to strengthen partnerships with Regional and National Standardization Bodies. 

The objective of these partnerships is to build strong, mutually beneficial collaboration based on standards and standardization including the uptake of European standards, in the absence of international standards, supporting market access

Partnerships with Regional Standardization Bodies

CEN and CENELEC aim to strengthen their long-standing partnerships with the African Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO) and the African Electrotechnical Standardization Commission (AFSEC) in the context of the creation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)

 

The Task Force Africa (TF Africa) was established to direct CEN and CENELEC’s policies and priorities towards cooperation with our partners in Africa.

 

It is composed of CEN and CENELEC members, European industry representatives, ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute), the European Commission and EFTA (European Free Trade Association), including representation from African organizations including ARSO and AFSEC

 

CEN and CENELEC’s international cooperation with Africa aims to inform, enable and support the development of the African quality infrastructure framework. 

 

Working in collaboration with European and African quality infrastructure actors and industry partners we aim to:

  • Enhance cooperation on quality infrastructure including uptake of International and European
  • Standards, measurement guidelines and testing practises
  • Demonstrate the benefits of standards and quality infrastructure in trade policy
  • Share best practice with partners on quality infrastructure
  • facilitate EU-Africa cooperation in standardization matters

 

For more information please contact Jarita CHRISTIE

CEN and CENELEC aim to strengthen their long-standing partnership with their regional partner GSO (Gulf Cooperation Council Standardization Organization).

 

GSO is the Gulf regional standardization organization composed of 6 members from the following countries: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

 

The Task Force Gulf (TF Gulf) was established to direct CEN and CENELEC policies and priorities towards cooperation with the Gulf region. It is composed of CEN and CENELEC members, European Industry representatives, the European Commission, EFTA (European Free Trade Association), and GSO.

 

The objectives of TF Gulf are to:

  • foster closer cooperation between GSO and ISO and IEC for the development of regional and international standards.
  • provide European stakeholders the opportunity to address and discuss issues on the implementation of existing Gulf technical regulations and standards.
  • gather intelligence, exchange technical information on priority sectors, and develop technical cooperation with Gulf counterparts, with a view to increase technical alignment between the two regions.

The Task Force Gulf, in collaboration with GSO, is currently exploring other areas of cooperation, amongst others on new technologies, such as smart technologies. 

 

For more information please contact Eric MARCHAND

 

Partnerships with National Standardization Bodies

China is now the Europe's second-biggest trading partner behind the United States and the EU is China's biggest trading partner.

 

CEN and CENELEC signed a Cooperation Agreement with the national standards body of China, the Standardization Administration of China (SAC). It sets out the purposes, the contents and the means of cooperation between CEN-CENELEC and SAC.

 

The Task Force China (TF China) was established to support CEN and CENELEC’s policies and priorities towards cooperation with its priority partner SAC. It is composed of CEN-CENELEC members, European industry representatives, ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute), the European Commission, EFTA (European Free Trade Association) and the Seconded European Standardization Expert in China (SESEC). SAC also participates in the Task Force China.

SESEC Project

The SESEC project was initiated by five project partners that are the key players in the European Standardization System: the European Commission, EFTA, CEN, CENELEC and ETSI.

The SESEC Project aims to:

  • provide standardization related information to European stakeholders,
  • promote the European standardization system in China and
  • support stakeholders in solving market access related issues.

For more information please contact Zhuohua CHEN

CEN and CENELEC's international cooperation with India aims to inform, enable and support the development of standards that are of mutual interest with the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).

 

Project India supports the strengthening of the partnership with BIS and includes participation of CEN-CENELEC members, European industry representatives, ETSI, the European Commission, EFTA (European Free Trade Association) and BIS and SESEI.

SESEI

The Seconded European Standardization Expert in India project, the SESEI project, was initiated by five project partners that are the key players in the European Standardization System: the European Commission, EFTA, CEN, CENELEC and ETSI.

 

The SESEI project aims to:

  • enhance the visibility of European standardization in India
  • increase the cooperation between Indian and European standardization bodies
  • facilitate EU-India cooperation in standardization matters,

BIS is also a key member of the South Asian Regional Standards Organization (SARSO) along with:

  • ANSA (Afghanistan National Standards Authority)
  • BSTI (Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution)
  • BSB (Bhutan Standards Bureau)
  • MoED (Ministry of Economic Development, Maldives)
  • NBSM (Nepal Bureau of Standards and Metrology)
  • PSQCA (Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority)
  • SLSI (Sri Lanka Standards Institution)

CEN-CENELEC signed a Memorandum Of Understanding with SARSO in 2017.

 

For more information please contact Jarita CHRISTIE.

Japan is the Europe’s second-biggest trading partner in Asia.

 

Together, Europe and Japan account for 25% of the world's Gross domestic product (GDP).

 

CEN and CENELEC and the Japanese Industrial Standards Council (JISC) signed a Cooperation Agreement in 2014. The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) entered into force on 1 February 2019.

 

The CEN-CENELEC and JISC Cooperation Agreement has a strong emphasis on technical cooperation, enabling observership in each other’s technical committees and the establishment of joint working groups for coordination for international work.

 

CEN-CENELEC are strengthening their cooperation with JISC, identified as a priority partner.

 

The cooperation is through regular contacts including an annual CEN-CENELEC-JISC secretariats meeting in conjunction with EU-Japan Industrial Policy Dialogue.

 

Additionally, whenever possible, CEN-CENELEC organize bilateral meetings with JISC during the ISO General Assembly meetings or IEC General Meetings.

 

For more information please contact Zhuohua CHEN.

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