CENELEC - European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization

The European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC), is an international non-profit organisation that was formed in 1973 as a result of a merger between two previous European organisations (CENELCOM and CENEL). CENELEC is composed of the National Electrotechnical Committees of 28 European countries (including the Member-States of the EU and EFTA). There are 8 more affiliate Technical Committees from Eastern European and Balkan countries.

CENELEC's objective is the harmonisation of European standards, as well as the voluntary preparation of electrotechnical standards that help develop the Single European Market and the cohesion of the European Economic Area.

Following 1985, CENELEC was recognised, by Council Resolution, 85/C 136/01, of 7 May, as being the standardisation body capable of developing electrotechnical harmonised standards.

The work carried out by CENELEC is the result of the following technical committees:

  • TC 46X - Metallic communication cables, optic fibre and waveguides;
  • TC 209 - Cable networks for television signals, sound signals and interactive services;
  • TC 210 - Electromagnetic Compatibility;
  • TC 215 - Electrotechnical aspects of telecommunication equipment;
  • TC 106X - Electromagnetic fields in the human environment;
  • TC 205 - Home and Building Electronic Systems.

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