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The work of CEN and CENELEC in the context of the New approach

CEN and CENELEC are the European Standards organizations mandated by the Commission to produce harmonized standards in support of New Approach Directives.

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New Approach Directives have their own programme of standards.

Following a mandate issued by the European Commission after consultation with Member States, harmonised standards are developed and adopted by CEN & CENELEC through Technical Committees (TCs).

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CEN and CENELEC Technical Committees draw their membership from the National Standards Bodies (NSB) of each country and it is these NSBs that manage the work of CEN and CENELEC. The Secretariat – and usually the Chairman – is provided by one NSB. There is normally a "shadow TC" in each NSB and input into the CEN / CENELEC TCs is via the shadow TC. In some countries, separate organisations represent CEN and CENELEC. Individual standards are usually produced by separate Working Groups (WGs) made up of technical experts nominated by each national "shadow TC". The WGs are managed by the CEN/CENELEC TC.

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The development of the programme of standards in support of the Machinery Directive: how CEN TC 114 works

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CEN and CENELEC elaborate harmonised standards through an open and transparent process, built on consensus between all interested parties.

They cooperate with the European Commission according to general guidelines.

The elaboration of a European Standard includes a public inquiry, followed by an approval by weighted vote of CEN/CENELEC national members and then final ratification. When draft standards are distributed to the national members for public comment (this procedure is called the "CEN/CENELEC enquiry"), the ETUI may submit its opinion.

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