Finalization and implementation of European Standards 

This document specifies the actions required to prepare the definitive text of a European Standard (EN) and to dispatch it to the CEN National Members (and others). It also lists the actions required from the CEN National Members to implement the EN in accordance with the Internal Regulations.

1 PROCESS (Flowchart)

1.1 On receipt of:

  • an electronic transmission notice from a Technical Committee to skip Formal Vote after Enquiry;
  • a positive result of the Formal Vote,

CCMC (in consultation with the TC Secretary) incorporates the editorial changes in the reference language version. The finalized text is sent by CCMC to the TC Secretary for a 3 week proofing period.

NOTE: By default CCMC is responsible for finalizing the publication of all EN deliverables. The Technical Committee may exceptionally finalize the publication text but this only following notification to CCMC, and agreement therewith, of its intention to take onboard this responsibility.

If, during the voting period, comments are received that request an alteration of the technical content of the (F)prEN, the CCMC Publications Unit will not take these into account. The CCMC Publications Unit will only implement purely editorial comments. No technical changes shall be made to the text following a positive approval procedure. The TC shall take into account any technical comments in a future amendment or revision of the text.

1.2 Exactly one month after a positive voting result has been circulated or upload of the transmission notice onto eTrans to proceed to publication without Formal Vote, the text is considered ratified (dor = date of ratification).

1.3 Within 5 weeks, CCMC sends the 'stable' and approved reference language version (without official title pages) via E-Trans to AFNOR, BSI and DIN for translation, as appropriate. 

1.4 The relevant NSBs prepare the translations and return them via E-Trans to CCMC within the specified timescales (normally 4 weeks).
In the case of unavailable translations, the relevant NSBs will supply the translation of the titles.

1.5 CCMC distributes the definitive text of the approved European Standard (EN) in the available language version(s) to the CEN National Members, the Partner Organizations, the Affiliates, the EC and EFTA Secretariat, the TC Chairperson and the TC Secretary (dav – date of availability). This is done via eTrans.
Late incoming translations to CCMC are circulated at the next available opportunity.

1.6 The CEN National Members announce the existence of the EN at national level within the defined timeframe (doa – date of announcement, equals dav + 3 months).

1.7 The CEN National Members implement the EN at national level by giving it the status of a national standard within the defined timeframes:

  • either by publication of an identical text or by endorsement (dop – date of publication, equals dav + 6 months)
  • and withdraws any national standards conflicting with the EN (dow – date of withdrawal, normally equals dav + 6 months)

1.8 The CEN National Member dispatches the relevant information (i.e. notification of national translation and implementation means) to CCMC via iProjex.



How can I find out the name and contact details of the CCMC Editor in charge of my project?

When a text is delivered to CCMC for the relevant stage it is allocated to a CCMC Editor for handling in line with the CEN-CENELEC Translation Procedure.  The name and contact details are available in the work item details on Projex Online.

Which area on e-trans do I upload my first delivery to?

For drafts, 1.1.1, final drafts, 2.1.1 and for publication of deliverables finalised by the TC, 3.1.5.

When will my text be published?

You will be able to see the planned dav (date of availability) and dop (date of publication) on Projex online.

What if the scope of the EN does not cover adequately the scope of the national standard? Are national supplements to ENs possible?