European Standard is identified by a unique reference code and begins with ‘EN’. EN stands for European Norms. A European Standard is a standard that has been adopted by one of three European Standardization Organizations (ESOs): CEN, CENELEC or ETSI. It is made available by all interested parties through a transparent and consensus process.
1. Definition of European Standard
European Standards(EN), from the German name “Europäische Norm” are technical standards which have been ratified by one of the three European standards organizations:
– European Committee for Standardization (CEN)
– European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC)
– European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).
All ENs are designed and created by all interested parties through a transparent, open, and consensual process.
2. Function of European Norms
European Standards are a key component of the Single European Market. They are crucial in facilitating trade and have high visibility among manufacturers inside and outside the European territory. A standard represents a model specification, a technical solution against which a market can trade.
European Standards must be transposed into a national standard in all EU member states. This guarantees that a manufacturer has easier access to the market of all these European countries when applying European Standards. Member countries must also withdraw any conflicting national standard: the EN supersedes any national standard.
3. Where to find European Standard
European Standards can be found on the respective Catalogues of the European Standardization Bodies (CEN, CENELEC and ETSI). The national adoptions of the European Standards can be found on the respective catalogues of the National Standardization Bodies.
CEN is one of three European Standardization Organizations and develops standards for numerous kinds of products, materials, services and processes. Some sectors covered by CEN include transport equipment and services, chemicals, construction, consumer products, defence and security, energy, food and feed, health and safety, healthcare, digital sector, machinery or services.
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