Access to CEN / CENELEC standards

All European Standards (ENs) and drafts (prENs), as well as any other approved document (Technical Specifications, Technical Reports and CEN Workshop Agreements) can be purchased from CEN and CENELEC National Members and affiliates.

CEN website offers also a “Search standards” function, which allows to search in the entire collection of published standards and standards under development. The search can be done by English title, standard reference, document type, ICS, progress status and committee. The results of the search may be displayed by Work Item number, standard reference or committee. The ‘More’ button in the last column of the search results gives the national implementations of the standards, with links to the websites of the CEN Members.

Similarly, CENELEC standards can be purchased exclusively via the National Standardization Organizations of CENELEC and usually in their national languages. Here you can find the full list of CENELEC Members.

All standards are protected by copyrights and it is forbidden to copy them for further distribution or commercial use. CEN and CENELEC encourage the National Standard Bodies of Third Countries to adopt EN standards and there is no limitation on sales of adopted standards within the country. Translations into third country languages of adopted EN standards may be published and sold, however, a commission might apply. Publication of EN Standards without adoption is possible, however will subject to a commission to CEN / CENELEC. If publication is to be done in English, it shall require an agreement with the respective national standard body (BSI in UK or NSAI in Ireland).

Access to ETSI standards

ETSI standards can be downloaded in English free of charge directly from the ETSI website.

For re-publication of ETSI standards translated or in original language a copyright agreement with ETSI is required.

China-EU/EFTA Standardization Information Platform (CESIP)

In 2009 CEN, CENELEC and ETSI signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Standardization Administration of the People’s Republic of China (SAC). This agreement provides a framework for regular and coordinated exchange of information at corporate and technical level.  The main action concerning the implementation of this agreement is CESIP (China-EU/EFTA Standardization Information Platform).
Launched in October 2009, the Europe-China Standardization Information Platform is a practical information tool that aims at strengthening the mutual trade and investment flow between Europe and China by making standards and related technical regulations more accessible. The Platform is a website where Chinese and European companies can find information in English and Chinese about current and upcoming standards applicable to their products when intended for export to China or Europe.

Currently the Platform covers ten sectors:

  1. Electrical Equipment;
  2. Medical devices;
  3. Machinery;
  4. Environmental protection;
  5. Aerosol containers;
  6. Packaging;
  7. Textile;
  8. Toys;
  9. Child care articles;
  10. Leather

Other areas are expected to be included in CESIP in the near future.