Use of the Commenting Form 

This page provides guidance to the CEN National Members and CEN Consultants for the practical use of the WORD-based template for sending comments at all stages of approval of a document.


1.1 The form for the submission of comments and secretariat observations was prepared in WORD 97. The template contains a number of 8 columns, the use of which is explained in this guide.

1.2 The Commenting Form template.


Basic rules:

  1. Do not modify the template, i.e. do not delete or add any columns. Moreover, do not change the width of the columns (automated compiling tools run on the basic template).
  2. Do not recreate the template using your own styles. Use only the original template made available by CCMC.
  3. Each comment shall be entered in a separate row, i.e. additional rows must be added manually, if required.
  4. Do not enter any characters (including empty spaces) in Column 8, Secretariat Observations.
  5. Do not include tables within the confines of the template.
  6. Do not merge cells.
  7. Do not add text outside the confines of the table.

Name the comments file in accordance with the following convention:
           File Type + Number + Part number + Member Body Acronym + Format
• Comments on prEN 123-4 by AFNOR: en123p4-afnor.doc (where the letter "p" stands for part)
• Comments on prEN ISO 345 by DIN: eniso345-din.doc
• Comments on prEN 456 Amendment 1 by UNI: en456a1-uni.doc

1.3 In case of Technical Reports (TR), the word file with your comments and the ballot reply form shall be attached to an e-mail and sent directly to the originating TC Secretary.

1.4 In case of a COCOR vote, the CEN National Members shall return their ballot reply forms and their comments to CCMC via e-mail (

1.5 In case of a (parallel) CEN Enquiry, Formal Vote (FV), or in case of Technical Specifications (TS), the CEN National Members shall exclusively vote and deliver their comments on the E-balloting platform on Livelink.


2.1 Template Header

• Date: fill in the date when the comments were submitted. 
• Document: enter the reference number of the draft standard to which the comments relate.

2.2 Template Body

2.2.1  Member Body (MB) [compulsory]

Fill in the two-letter country code for the country represented by the member body (MB) according to
ISO 3166.
The two-letter country code must be entered in each row, i.e. for each individual comment.
If the template is used by an external liaison organization or an ISO or IEC committee in liaison, the name or acronym of the liaison organization or the committee reference should be entered in this column.
Comments prepared by the editing department in the CEN-CENELEC Management Centre will be indicated by "CCMC".

2.2.2 Clause No./Subclause No./Annex [compulsory]
Indicate the clause/subclause to which the comment refers. If the comment refers to the whole document, please choose General in this column. Enter only the number of the clause and do not add "clause" or "cl." in front of the number.

2.2.3 Paragraph/Figure/Table/Note
Indicate the paragraph (inside a clause), figure, table or note to which a comment refers.

2.2.4 Type of comment (general/technical/editorial) [compulsory]
Choose the type most relevant for your comment. The following types are available: general, technical or editorial. Only enter the short form for the type, i.e. ge, te or ed.

2.2.5 Comment (justification for change) by the MB [compulsory]
Enter your comment in this column and explain the reason for the comment. If you wish to submit figures in addition to the textual comments on the particular clause/subclause referred to in the Clause field, insert them as separate files either in this column or in the column Proposed change by the MB.

To insert a file, proceed as follows (using WORD):

      • position the cursor in the cell of the template into which you wish to insert the file (either in the column "Comment" or "Proposed change")
      • go to the "Insert" menu
      • choose "Object"
      • select "Create from File"
      • click on "Browse..." and select the file you wish to insert from your local system
      • confirm with "OK".  You now see an icon, identifying the file type you have inserted, in the cell of the template
      • to open the inserted file, double-click on the icon in the cell

2.2.6 Proposed change by the MB
If appropriate, enter a modified version of the clause, paragraph or section of the clause or paragraph in this column. You may wish to include a separate file in this column

2.2.7 Secretariat observations on each comment submitted
This column is used by the committee secretariat/editing committee to indicate the decision taken on each comment. This column shall be left empty by the member bodies when they submit their comments.