Growing my understanding of standardisation
- Discover the tools at my disposal
The European Standardization Organisations CEN and CENELEC provide a range of supporting tools for societal stakeholders. These tools are publicly available online to understand why standards are relevant for consumers, and why consumers should be represented in standardisation.
Visit CEN-CENELEC webpage about consumer interests
- Participate in an introductory training on standardisation
Every year, European standardisation bodies (CEN-CENELEC) organise the StandarDays, a two day information session aimed at newcomers to European standardization, as well as those who would like to understand the CEN and CENELEC systems better. StandarDays is organized once a year in April.
Learn more and register to the next StandarDays online
- Take online courses on ‘Societal Stakeholders and Standards’
The European Consumer Voice in standardisation (ANEC) has joined forces with CEN-CENELEC and other societal organisations to develop a free interactive online tool that gives information about standards and the standardisation process in Europe, as well as at the national and international levels.
Learn more about the eLearning programme of ANEC on their website
Register to the standard4all course on their dedicated platform
- Follow ’10-10′ webinars on the latest developments in standardization
10-10 webinars are online training sessions organised by CEN-CENELEC to keep participants updated on latest developments and specific topics that could have a direct impact on technical work. The 10-10 webinars focus on the needs and interests of the CEN and CENELEC Technical Body Officers. However, all stakeholders are welcome to attend these sessions.
Check the list of the next 10-10 webinars
Getting involved at national level
You are representing a non-governemental organisation (NGO) or an association of citizens? Your participation to the standardisation process is much welcome! If you don’t know where to start, make sure you grow your understanding of how standardisation works with the above resources and get to know what is going on at national level by:
- Teaming up with consumer organisations in your country to offer your expertise about a specific group of citizens or consumers, for instance: older persons, and get up to speed with the current standardisation projects
- Monitoring the standardisation projects that are most relevant for you on the website of the standardisation bodies (CEN) and electrotechnical standardization committees (CENELEC) in your country
Getting involved at European level
Many standardisation projects are also developed at European level where societal stakeholders are also involved. You can become an expert appointed by the societal organisations representing consumers (ANEC) to follow the work of specific Technical Committees.
- Learn more about ANEC and their work at European level
- Become a consumer expert and representative for ANEC
Other civil society organisations, such as AGE Platform Europe (AGE) representing older persons and the European Disability Forum (EDF) representing persons with disabilities are cooperating with ANEC on many fronts. Do not hesitate to contact them for more information: