European Union Standards

While we were in Europe we had the opportunity to visit the European Union Commission, where Standards are born.

Standards are technical specifications defining requirements for products, production processes, services or test methods. These specifications are voluntary. They are developed by industry and market actors following some basic principles such as consensus, openness, transparency, and non-discrimination. Standards ensure interoperability and safety, reduce costs and facilitate companies’ integration in the value chain and trade.

European Standards are under the responsibility of the European Standardisation Organisations (CEN, CENELEC, ETSI) and can be used to support EU legislation and policies.

Standardisation is a powerful and strategic tool for improving the efficiency of European policies. The Commission pays special attention to standardization because standards can influence most areas of public concern such as the competitiveness of the industry, the functioning of the Single Market, the protection of the environment and of human health, not to forget the enhancement of innovation.

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Rue de la Loi 200, 1049 Bruxelles, Belgium

The Berlaymont is an office building in Brussels, Belgium, that houses the headquarters of the European Commission, which is the executive of the European Union.

ESOs – The European Standardisation Organisations

The European Standardisation Organisations are officially recognized by Regulation (EU) No. 1025/2012 as providers of European standards. CEN, CENELEC, and ETSI have been working with the European Commission since 1984 when a cooperation agreement was signed. Revised in 2003, it lays down general guidelines for cooperation.

CEN

The European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) brings together the National Standardization Bodies of 33 European countries. It provides a platform for the development of European Standards and other technical documents on various types of products, materials, services, and processes. These include air and space, chemicals, construction and more.

Specifically for translation services, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) approved EN-15038 by 13th April 2006 and officially published it in May 2006. This standard offers a description and definition of translation services. At the same time, it provides a set of procedures and requirements to meet market needs.

 

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