The European Committee for Standardisation, commonly abbreviated as CEN, is a non-profit organization that develops and promotes voluntary technical standards for various industries across Europe. Founded in 1961, CEN currently has 34 member countries, including all EU member states, as well as Switzerland, Norway, and several Balkan countries.
CEN works in collaboration with other standardization organizations, such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), to ensure that their standards are globally recognized and accepted. The standards developed by CEN cover a wide range of industries, including construction, energy, healthcare, and information technology. These standards are intended to improve efficiency, safety, and environmental protection while reducing costs for businesses and consumers.
CEN also provides training and consultancy services to organizations seeking to implement their standards. The organization’s mission is to foster innovation, trade, and economic growth by promoting the use of standardization.