European Committee for Standardization

Address: Rue de la Science 23 B - 1040 Brussels, Belgium


Stakeholder group: NGOs and associations

The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) is an association of national standardization bodies of 33 European countries. 

CEN functions as a platform for the development of European standards in various sectors, such as consumer products, defence and security, information and communication technologies (ICT), machinery, smart living, etc. The association has more than 320 technical committees that work on producing state-of-the-art standards for products, services, processes, and systems. 

CEN's work in the ICT sector spans across three major areas:

  • e-business ( there are several technical committees focused on issues such as: personal identification, electronic signature and cards, health informatics, electronic invoicing, geographic information, etc.);
  • e-education (two CEN technical committees deal with ICT for learning, education and training, and professions for ICT); and
  • RFID.