ASTM International and CEN Extend and Expand Cooperation Program

CEN, the European Committee for Standardization, and ASTM International have agreed to extend and expand a Technical Cooperation Agreement from 2019 in order to broaden and facilitate global dialogue and coordination in specific standardization areas of mutual interest. 

The updated agreement affirms and reinvigorates a framework agreed in 2019 for technical cooperation and information exchange between the two standardization organizations, thus facilitating dialogue and convergence on the technical requirements and related attributes of standards development, and preventing duplication of efforts, for the benefit of their respective stakeholders.

By extending and expanding this important agreement, ASTM International and CEN reaffirm their commitment to a series of practical actions to implement their cooperation, specifically in the technical areas of common interest between ASTM and CEN:

  • Explore opportunities to collaborate within their respective standards development processes;
  • Facilitate technical standardization dialogue between their technical bodies;
  • Share information on their standards development activities and emerging technologies, trends, or regulatory drivers of mutual interest for the benefit of the stakeholders.

Furthermore, in advancing their cooperation, ASTM International and CEN extend and expand their pilot program to include the following identified technical groups of common interest. 

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About CEN
CEN (the European Committee for Standardization) is recognized by the European Union (EU) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) as one of the official European Standardization Organizations responsible for developing standards at European level. These standards set out specifications and procedures in relation to a wide range of materials, processes, products and services.

The members of CEN are the National Standards Bodies of 34 European countries. The European Standards (ENs) and other standardization deliverables adopted by CEN are accepted and recognized in all of these countries.

European Standards (ENs) contribute to enhancing safety, improving quality, facilitating cross-border trade and strengthening the European Single Market. They are developed through a process of collaboration among experts nominated by business and industry, research institutes, consumer and environmental organizations, trade unions and other stakeholders. CEN works to promote the international alignment of standards in the framework of technical cooperation agreements with ISO (International Organization for Standardization). 

CEN Media Contact: Giovanni Collot, tel +32.474.98.21.17
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Release #11421


June 9, 2022