Drafting of European Standards up to Enquiry stage 

This page specifies the actions required to draft a European Standard (EN) in accordance with the existing rules and plans, and to deliver it to the CEN-CENELEC Management Centre (CCMC).

1. PROCESS (Flowchart)

1.1 The working document is drafted in the agreed reference language, preferably English.

1.2 In accordance with the target date for the First Working draft (1st WD) (stage code 20.60) set in the New Work Item Proposal, the TC Secretary circulates at least one version of the working document, as received from the WG Convenor, to the parent TC for information.

1.3 In addition, the TC Secretary uploads the working document, together with a completed 'Transmission Notice', onto E-Trans where it is available to CCMC for registration as 1st WD (stage code 20.60).

1.4 At least 4 weeks after dispatching the 1st WG, the leadership of the TC in cooperation with the relevant WG Convenor shall decide on one of the following options, in view of the comments received on the 1st WD (see Flexible standards development process):

  • Keep the initial planning; then, no action is required;
  • Change the initial planning, i.e. changing the target dates for Enquiry (stage code 30.99) and Formal Vote (stage code 45.99) provided in the NWI proposal, by using the ‘one change’ option. Only one change is allowed  and will enable the TC to plan again the target dates for Enquiry and FV. The TC secretary will adjust the planning directly in the Working area through the ad-hoc feature.
  • Ask for a tolerance. One tolerance of 39 weeks may be agreed by the TC. The TC Secretary shall use the new IT tool in the Projex online Working Area for recording the relevant TC decision.  The planning will adjust accordingly. .

1.5 During the development, the target date for Enquiry (stage code 30.99) indicated in the initial NWI proposal or in the adjusted WI plan shall be closely monitored. Projex online supports this monitoring. Earlier delivery of the working draft, i.e. before the planned target date, is always possible.

1.6. When the WG Convenor judges that the working document is ready for the CEN Enquiry stage, after agreement from the WG, it is sent to the TC Secretary.

1.7 The TC Chairperson and the TC Secretary agree to send the working document to the CEN Enquiry.

1.8 The  WG Convenor or WG Secretary, if any, and the Editing Committee, if any, finalizes the working document using the CEN simple STD template (in the reference language version) in accordance with the CEN-CENELEC Internal Regulations – Part 3. See also process 'CEN Enquiry'.

1.9 The WG’s Professional Standardization Support (PSS) checks the draft for compliance with the CEN requirements for the electronic transmission of drafts prior to its transmission to the TC Secretariat. See GD 'Drafting of European Standards – Electronic preparation'.