Getting Involved

A European standard is shaped by those who contribute to its development.

Your input can make the difference when drafting a standard. Moreover, participating in the development of standards enables you to network and gather information, and gives you decisive advantages in developing competitive and innovative products that meet your customers’ needs.


There are several ways you can get involved in the standardization process:

Contribute your expert knowledge though:

The national CEN standardization organizations or national CENELEC standardization organizations. National standards organizations offer support and training to those who wish to contribute to the development of standards, and allow you to give your views on standards being developed.


National Trade Associations and Federations operating in specific industries and trades, which may also offer a range of support, help and advice services to SMEs to use standards.  In many instances, CEN and CENELEC national members have links with these organizations.

Through CEN European Partners and CENELEC European partners, which are broad-based European organizations, representing particular sectors of industry, as well as consumers, environmentalists and workers.


In particular, you can obtain valuable information, advice and support from Small Business Standards (SBS), the European association representing Small and Medium sized Enterprises in the standardization process at European and international level. SBS is a European non-profit association established in 2013 that aims at enhancing SMEs' active participation and involvement into the European standardization process. SBS' role is to ensure that SMEs' interests are increasingly integrated into the standardization process through a relevant information flow related to European standardization and SME needs. SBS work is mandated and financed by the European Commission. For additional information, please contact SBS


Join us on LinkedIn: Join us on the dedicated SMEs & Standards group to stay informed of the latest updates.


Through the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

Through the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)

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