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ESOs: The European Standardisation Organisations are officially recognised 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.

CEN supports standardization activities in relation to a wide range of fields and sectors including: air and space, chemicals, construction, consumer products, defense and security, energy, the environment, food and feed, health and safety, healthcare, ICT, machinery, materials, pressure equipment, services, smart living, transport and packaging.

CENELEC: The European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) is responsible for standardisation in the electro-technical engineering field. Voluntary standards prepared by CENELEC help facilitate trade between countries, access new markets, cut compliance costs, and support the development of the EU Single Market. CENELEC also creates market access at international level through its close collaboration with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

ETSI: The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) produces globally-applicable standards for information and communications technology (ICT). These standards also include fixed, mobile, radio, converged, broadcast, and internet technologies. ETSI's purpose is to produce and maintain the technical standards required by its members.

In the case of ETSI, industry can get involved directly in the process of standards development.  However, industry can only access CEN and CENELEC through the National Standards Bodies (NSBs).

More information about CEN, CENELEC or ETSI at their website.


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