FAQs 

What is a standard?

A standard is an agreed definition or specification of a unit, method, product, process or service. Standards provide people and organizations with a basis for mutual understanding and are used as tools to facilitate communication, measurement, commerce and manufacturing.
 
The initiative to develop a standard is taken by interested stakeholders who consider that a particular standard could address specific needs.

What is a Technical Committee (TC)?

A Technical Committee (TC) is a technical decision making body with a precise title, scope and work programme.

A TC essentially manages the preparation of CEN-CENELEC deliverables - in accordance with an agreed business plan.

More information on TCs can be found here.

Who should I contact to include standardization in my project?

If you want to address standardization in a national or European funded project you can either:
 
• Contact your national standardization contact for research, development and innovation (RDI) at the RDI-COR-List.
Or
• Contact our Research Helpdesk

What is a liaison organization and how do I join one?

For researchers, information on liaisons are presented in detail at the following subpage
 
Basically, the status of a 'Liaison Organization' is offered to those European organizations, including fora and consortia, representing interest groups that are committed to provide input to the work of one or more CEN or CENELEC Technical Bodies as defined in the CEN-CENELEC Internal Regulations Part 2.
 
The CEN-CENELEC Guide 25 gives information on 'The concept of Partnership with European organizations and other stakeholders'.

Are standards part of European legislation?

In general, the application of standards, unlike legal texts, is voluntary. Standards can however become part of legislation, when their wording or content is taken up by legal texts.

This question relates to the “New Approach” Directives, which rely on standards to provide the technical solution in support to European legislative texts (mostly in directives, further in regulations, recommendations and decisions). The standards developed to support legislation are called Harmonised Standards.