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How is the CEN work organised?

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CEN is the European Association of national standardisation institutes, the so called National Standards Bodies (NSB’s). These NSB’s are responsible for the contact with the interested market parties and experts preparing the CEN standards in the same way they do when preparing national standards. Members of CEN-Technical Committees (CEN-TC’s) are nominated by the NSB’s. The TC’s decide on the scope and content of a standard. The actual work is done in smaller CEN-TC-Working Groups whose expert members are nominated by NSB’s. In most countries the NSB organises a national mirror group to monitor and support the work of a CEN-TC. This was also done in the EPBD program of CEN. Because in this case the work covers 5 CEN-TC’s, some NSB’s organised a special mirror group to follow the work on the total EPBD CEN program.
Members who participate to CEN-TC-WG’s are involved in the details of the standard development. They should contribute themselves, as expert, and be motivated to find the right expertise in their own network.
Once a draft standard is approved by the responsible CEN-TC, it goes out as draft standard (“prEN”) for Public Enquiry. The comments are prepared via the NSB’s. The working group prepares the replies to the comments and prepares a new draft standard which, once approved again by the CEN-TC goes out as final draft for Final Vote. The time between publishing the prEN and publishing the final standard is usually between 21 and 30 months.
Question submitted by: Dick van Dijk (TNO, The Netherlands)
Anwered by: Dick van Dijk, TNO and Jaap Hogeling, ISSO (The Netherlands)
Date: 10/03/2008