CEN and CENELEC’s Work Programme 2021


The CEN and CENELEC Work Programme 2021 has been published and is now available!

In the current context, ripe with important challenges and developments that call for a thorough rethinking of established processes and ways of working, it is strategic to be able to imagine and define the future, in order to remain resilient and anticipate change. For this reason, 2021 will be a pivotal year for CEN and CENELEC: European standards have the potential to support some of the most important priorities of the EU institutions in the coming years, such as the Recovery Plan, the European Green Deal, and the Digital Transition.


The Work Programme 2021 gives an overview of the main standardization developments and strategic priority areas CEN and CENELEC are ready to implement in 2021 across 14 business sectors. For each sector, the reader will find a list of the technical bodies involved in carrying out the work, the number of standards published by CEN and CENELEC, a detailed overview of the topics where standardization work is expected and the standardization requests received from the European Commission and EFTA.


The Work Programme also presents a focus on three horizontal business topics, which have been selected based on their relevance to meet today’s challenges: Accessibility, Sustainability and Smart Technologies. Finally, the last part of the publication gives an overview on the most important strategic highlights that will characterise CEN and CENELEC’s development over the course of 2021 and beyond.


2021 will be a strategic year in the evolution of the European Standardization System. CEN and CENELEC thank all their stakeholders in Europe and worldwide for their vision, dedication, enthusiasm and commitment to making European Standards a reality.


The full accessible PDF of the Work Programme can be found online on CEN and CENELEC’s website.


Giovanni COLLOT


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