How are standards drafted
The European standardisation is a system based on the principle of national delegation. CEN and CENELEC are European organisations made up of national standards bodies (NSBs). When CEN or CENELEC elaborate a new European Standard, they set up a European technical committee under the responsibility of one of its national members, and consisting of other national members (NSBs). At the same time NSBs create the so-called "National Mirror Committees" (reflecting the European technical committee on the Member State level), which enable all interested parties (enterprises, consumers, public authorities, NGOs, etc.) to participate in the creation of the standard at national level and in their own language. These National Mirror Committees elaborate a national position for the drafting and voting of a European standard, which is then presented at the European technical committee.
Developing a European StandardThe development of a European Standard (EN) is governed by the principles of consensus, openness, transparency, national commitment and technical coherence.
The development of a European Standard (EN) follows several steps:
ETSI is based on direct participation of industry (without NSBs or other intermediaries) and also foresees national votes on European standards. The work done by ETSI is carried out in committees and working groups composed of technical experts from the Institute's member companies and organisations. These committees are often referred to as "Technical Bodies". For certain urgent items of work ETSI may also convene small groups of technical experts (Specialist Task Forces) usually seconded from ETSI members, to work intensively over a period of time, typically a few months, to accelerate the drafting work.