Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have a major importance in our daily lives. They are being used by all kinds of businesses and organizations to manage information, to communicate and interact with customers and suppliers, and to deliver high-quality products and services. Standards are vital for ensuring the performance, reliability, compatibility and interoperability of ICT systems, so that they work together smoothly, efficiently and securely.

It is not possible to provide a simple list of ICT standardization activities in CEN and CENELEC as they cover a wide variety of sectors. Relevant information is available from the CEN and CENELEC websites:

Other useful information

For standardization support to your Horizon 2020 proposal, contact the CEN and CENELEC Research Helpdesk.

Standardization activities in the ICT area

ICT is a broad field. In addition, it is an area that is particularly complex in view of the many existing standardization consortia. It is also an area where the need for global standards has always been very strong. As a consequence, standardization activities often happen at the international level (in ISO or IEC), for instance "Trustworthy ICT" is the core business of ISO/IEC JTC1/SC27 on IT security techniques (including privacy).

ICT standardization in CEN and CENELEC usually refers to an application sector with often a focus on semantic interoperability, building on generic networking standards developed elsewhere.

Relevant information is available from the CEN and CENELEC web-sites:

But given that ICT becomes increasingly pervasive, the link with the relevant standards group may be outside the ICT sector as such e.g. :
CEN/TC 346 - Conservation of cultural heritage;
CEN/TC352 Nanotechnologies;
CLC/TC 62 Electrical equipment in medical practice, and many more

Need for new standardization activities

If you don’t find a European activity, there may be an opportunity for starting new standardization work at European level or there might be a relevant Committee at the international level. Contact our Research Helpdesk for more information.

Our experience in FP7 projects

The SMART-CM project (Smart container chain management) is an example of a cross-domain project serving the container door-to-door transport chain through ICT solutions. CWA 16505 "Container Security & Tracking Devices – Technical Specifications and Communication Standards", published September 2012. The CWA describes the ICT platform that enables neutral secure and interoperable B2B and B2A data exchange in global door – to –door container management.

Information and news on ICT

Updated information on ICT can be accessed on the web-site of the European Commission