CEN and CENELEC strategy about International Cooperation*
Strengthening and expanding the CEN and CENELEC network of international partners.

In 2016, CEN and CENELEC revised their foreign partnership concept, signed two new cooperation agreements, and opened the door for negotiations to new regional and national standardization bodies.

2017 foresees the expansion of the CEN and CENELEC foreign partner network as well as strengthened ties with existing ones while creating more cooperation opportunities for CEN and CENELEC stakeholders and their international partners.
Focus on specific regions and countries CEN, CENELEC and the South Asian Regional Standards Organization (SARSO) plan to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2017 aiming at enhancing mutual understanding and exchanging views and experiences on the support standardization brings to regional economic integration. With the signature of this MoU, CEN, CENELEC, and SARSO will endeavor to promote the use of international practices, regulations, and standards. Likewise, they will continue working closely to identify and prevent duplication of work as much as possible.
Following the revision of their Cooperation Agreement in September 2016, CEN, CENELEC and the Standardization Administration of the People’s Republic of China (SAC) have committed to strengthening their cooperation in 2017. Partners will finalize an implementation plan to identify concrete sectors of interest as well as related cooperation activities.

New CEN and CENELEC foreign partnership concepts
In 2016, CEN and CENELEC reassessed their foreign partnership concepts, offering more flexible, tailored and efficient solutions for NSBs outside their memberships who are interested in establishing close working ties with us.
The Affiliate status applies to NSBs in countries that are candidates or potential candidates for EU membership and Companion Standardization Body (CSB) status for those outside the CEN and/or CENELEC Members or Affiliates status.
CEN and CENELEC’s objectives are to create stronger relationships with their partners worldwide.

CEN and CENELEC 2017 partnership objectives are:

  • to ensure a smooth transition to the new foreign partnership concepts,
  • to promote the adoption of European Standards among Affiliates and CSBs as a complement to harmonization via the adoption of ISO and IEC deliverables thus enabling Affiliates to gradually integrate the European Single Market and also contribute to the removal of technical barriers to trade with the CSBs,
  • to facilitate participation in CEN and CENELEC Technical Committees and the sharing of expertise between the CSBs, Affiliates and the CEN and CENELEC Community. The resulting synergies at the expert levels will undoubtedly pave the way for an increased technical alignment,
  • to develop IT tools to help Affiliates and CSBs achieve maximum benefits from their status, gain familiarity with the CEN and CENELEC publication databases, and offer them a more accurate and detailed view of the uptake of European Standards worldwide.
  • CEN and CENELEC anticipate that these partnership concepts will increase their partners worldwide.

*From CEN/CENELEC work programme 2017

By Bernard Gindroz, Chairman ISO TC 268 “sustainable cities and communities” – Chairman CEN/CENELEC SFEM

Bernard Gindroz is the owner of BMGI Consulting – Chairman ISO TC 268 “sustainable cities and communities”. He is the Chairman of CEN/CENELEC/ETSI Smart Cities and Communities et Chair of joint CEN/CENELEC TC on hydrogen in the energy system. MCI Senior Advisor Energy Technologies & Standardization Energy, Transport, Smart Cities, Climate Change.

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