Technical Committee (CEN/TC)


Technical Committees (TC) are established by the Technical Board (BT), with precise titles and scopes, to prepare CEN deliverables.


The Technical Board


3.1 Establishes and agrees on its  programme of work with precise title and scope of each project in accordance with its agreed business plans, if available.

3.2 Follows up and ensures the achievement/delivery of the work programme and in accordance with the CEN strategic aim to develop standards "in production times needed by the market".

3.3 Takes into account any ISO/IEC work coming within its scope, together with such data as may be supplied by members and by other relevant international organizations, and work on related subjects in any other Technical Committees (TC).

3.4 Establishes, when necessary, an Editing Committee once work starts.

3.5 Remains formally responsible should questions of amendment and interpretation arise pending the next periodic review of those standards it has produced.

3.6 Supplies drafts in the reference language version for processing at the different stages (CEN enquiry, formal vote (when applicable) and publication).

3.7 Reviews all ENs within its responsibility at least every 5 years. In addition, reviews other deliverables in accordance with the Internal Regulations Part 2.


Voting rights are restricted to CEN members.



  • Chairperson
  • Secretary
  • CEN members


  • European Commission and EFTA representatives, on request;
  • Organizations that have been granted observership according to CEN-CENELEC Guide 25;
  • Specific Affiliates and CSBs, having indicated that they want and been granted the right to participate in the Technical Committee.


6.1 CEN members are permanent members of TCs for as long as the CEN member retains its appropriate status.
At meetings CEN members are represented by a number of delegates, normally not exceeding three, one of whom acts as head of delegation. Other bodies may delegate observers to meetings.

6.2 The Chairperson is appointed by the Technical Board on the nomination of the secretariat.

6.3 The secretariat is appointed by the Technical Board.


  • Meets if deemed necessary;
  • Virtual meetings;
  • Works by correspondence (all decisions must be taken using the Committee Internal Balloting (CIB));
  • Project Leader;
  • Working Groups, Ad Hoc Groups, Chairpersons' Advisory Group (CAG), Task Forces.


Once the TC has completed its work, it might decide to cease the activities. Final decision for TC disbandment requires BT approval. 
When an NSB/NC proposes to disband a TC, it shall also make a proposal for allocation of the portfolio of existing deliverables to an active TC (if identified).


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