Getting involved 

A European standard is shaped by those who contribute to its development. This is why your input can make a difference.

If you are interested in becoming a consumer representative in standardization, your first contact point should be your national consumer association or CEN or CENELEC member, and, secondly, ANEC - the European Consumer Voice in Standardisation.

National level

Contribute your expert knowledge through your national CEN member and/or national CENELEC member. National members allow you to give your views on standards being developed. They offer support and training to those who wish to contribute to the development of standards. Contact your national member to find out more on online commenting tools.

European level

Through European partners: broad-based European organizations, representing particular sectors of industry as well as consumers, environmentalists and workers.

CEN and CENELEC regularly organize training such as StandarDays and information sessions on specific topics.
You can find further information about CEN and CENELEC’s standardization activities on our website including specific brochures on Research, Smart Grids, SMEs, etc. Always check your national members’ web site as they (may) have publications in your national language.

In some countries, the CEN and CENELEC members are able to involve consumer experts systematically in national and European standards work. In other countries, the consumer expertise available to standardization is scare or may not even exist. Hence, the role of ANEC, the European Consumer Voice in Standardization. ANEC brings together experts from across its member countries to define collective consumer positions and present them directly in the work of CEN or CENELEC. Although ANEC cannot pay a salary to its experts, it reimburses travel, accommodation and subsistence costs in line with the rules governing its funding. ANEC is supported financially by the EU & EFTA, with the national consumer associations contributing in kind.

ANEC was established in 1995 as an international non-profit association under Belgian law and is open to the representation of national consumer organizations.

Avenue de Tervuren 32, box 27
B-1040 Brussels
Tel: + 32 2 743 24 70
Fax: + 32 2 706 54 30

International level