International Standards

The European Standards (EN) are documents that had been adopted by the European standardization organizations, CEN (European Committee For Standardization), CENELEC (European Committee For Electrotechnical Standardization) and ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute). They are created by bringing together all interested parties through a transparent, open and concertation procedure.

European Standards are a key component of the European market. They represent one of the most important issues for business, despite the fact that they are rather technical and not widely known to the public and media. These technical documents are often treated as boring and not particularly significant by some organizations, but are crucial for facilitating trade inside and outside Europe. A standard represents a model specification, a technical solution against which a market can trade. It codifies best practice and is usually state of the art.

In essence, standards relate to products, services or systems. Today standards are no longer created solely for technical reasons but have also become platforms to enable greater social inclusiveness and engagement with technology, as well as convergence and interoperability within a growing market across industries.

According to the internal regulations of the European standardization organizations, the European standards must be adopted by the member countries as national standards and they must withdraw any national standards that conflicts with them.


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