The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) are two distinct private international non-profit organizations based in Brussels.
Our mission is to fulfill the needs of our stakeholders: industry and commerce, service providers, public authorities and regulators, academia and research centres, European trade associations and interest groups representing environmentalists, consumers, trade unions, as well as, small and medium enterprises, and other public and private institutions.
We are leading providers of voluntary European Standards and related products and services for the benefit of businesses, consumers and other standard users in Europe.
European standards are driven by business and made through a transparent, balanced and consensus-based process in which relevant stakeholders are involved.
We actively support international standardization, and cooperate closely with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), in order to pursue the goal of "one standard, one test, accepted everywhere".