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CEN, CENELEC Take Steps to Strengthen European Standardization System

New York, Jul 03, 2007

The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) recently took action to strengthen the common values and principles of the European standardization system at their third annual meeting in Lemesos, Cyprus. The Cyprus decision seeks to create a more open, flexible, and dynamic system to anticipate and respond to the challenges of an ever more globalized world.

Initial actions will focus on delivering European standards and other European standardization products more efficiently; defining a new stance on conformity assessment; and raising the visibility of the European standardization system both in Europe and abroad through promotion and branding efforts.

CEN and CENELEC announced their intent to establish a European Standardization System Group tasked with achieving more streamlined rules for the development of European Standards. This group will also work toward the creation of a mechanism to solve the technical issues that arise from the standardization of emerging and converging technologies. Another committee will consider external issues and create the function of an officer to lead its activities. A third group will spearhead a promotional campaign to attract new business sectors.

Through these actions, CEN and CENELEC hope to increase the efficiency of the European Standardization System, improve support of international standards bodies, and strengthen Europe’s competitiveness in the global economy.

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