CEN and CENELEC have been involved in standardization for the defence sector since 2000; in particular standardization for procurement to promote efficiency and cost-effectiveness:

  • 2001-2010: CEN/BT/WG 125 “Standardization for Defence Procurement”
  • 2002-2010: CEN Workshop 10 - CWA 15517 “European Handbook for Defence Procurement”; the database of standards and specifications, of which the initial versions were developed under CEN Workshop 10 is now  maintained by the European Defence Agency (EDA) as the European Defence Standards Reference System (EDSTAR).
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  • 2010-2014: SFDPS, the joint CEN-CENELEC Stakeholder Forum for Defence Procurement Standardization, replaced CEN/BT/WG 125; the group finalized in May 2014 a report “Use of Obsolescence standards in the Defence sector”
    Download the report on Obsolescence standards in the Defence sector (pdf-format)
  • 2014-today: in June 2014, SFDPS became DSCG, the CEN-CENELEC-ETSI Coordination Group on Defence Standardization; the DSCG will not develop standards itself but aims to be the single interface in Europe between defence standardization needs (the procurers of defence materiel – the military) and defence standards developers (the industry).

CEN and CENELEC contact person: Luc Van den Berghe