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Glossary

Word

Explanation

AHG

Ad Hoc Group = temporary working group within a standards committee, which deals with a special topic or issue and is then dissolved again.

AWI

Approved Work Item = approved new standards project

CASCO

Committee on Conformity Assessment = ISO standards committee which deals with the subject of conformity assessment

CCMC

CEN- CENELEC Management Centre

CD

Committee Draft = draft standard that is distributed for the first time for comment in the superordinate Technical Committee (TC) or Subcommittee ( SC)

CE marking

Conformité Européenne means «conformity with EU directives». By using the CE marking, the manufacturer confirms that the product complies with the applicable European directives. The CE marking guarantees that the European safety standards are adhered to, but it is not a quality seal.

CEN

Comité Européen de Normalisation = European Committee for Standardization, the recognized European standards organization

CEN BT

CEN Technical Board

CEN BT TCMG

CEN BT Technical Committee Management Group

CENELEC

Comité Européen de Normalisation Electrotechnique = European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization, the recognized European standardization organization in the field of electrotechnical engineering

Chair

Chairperson of a CEN/ ISO Technical Committee (TC) or Subcommittee ( SC)

Convenor

Chairperson of a CEN/ ISO Working Group ( WG)

COPOLCO

Committee on Consumer Policy = ISO standards committee which deals with the topic of consumers and their interest groups representing them in standardization

CWA

CEN Workshop Agreement

Delegate

Person who is officially nominated by a national standardization organization and who represents the nationally agreed position in a Technical Committee (TC) or Subcommittee ( SC) meeting

DEVCO

ISO Committee on Developing Country Matters = ISO standards committee which encourages and supports developing countries in taking part in standardization

DIS

Draft International Standard = draft standard which is submitted to the general public for technical comments

EC

European Commission

EEA

European Economic Area = free trade area between the European Union ( EU) and the three EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway

EFTA

European Free Trade Association = EFTA members are the four countries Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland

EN

European standard

ESOs

European Standardization Organizations = indicates the three recognized European standardization organizations CEN, CENELEC and ETSI

ETSI

European Telecommunications Standards Institute = recognized European standardization organization in the field of information and communication technology

EU

European Union, currently comprising 28 member states, covering Europe and some overseas territories

Expert

Specialist who participates in the development of a standard

FDIS

ISO Final Draft International Standard = final ISO draft standard (now only editorial changes possible)

FprEN

Final preliminary EN = final CEN draft standard (now only editorial changes possible)

Harmonized standard

Harmonized standards are European standards developed by the organizations CEN, CENELEC and ETSI on behalf of the European Commission and EFTA; this means that an order for standards has been issued to these European standardization organizations. Harmonized standards serve the free movement of goods and services within the European single market. The harmonization of standards is published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

ICS

International Classification for Standards = international classification system which aims to cover all economic sectors and activities in which technical standards are used

IEC

International Electrotechnical Commission

ISO

International Organization for Standardization

IWA

ISO Workshop Agreement

JTC

ISO/ IEC Joint Technical Committee

Mandate

Outdated term; see « sreq» (Standardization Request)

National Delegation

One or more persons nominated by a national standardization organization

NSB

National Standards Body = national standardization organization, such as the SNV in Switzerland

NWIP

New Work Item Proposal

PAS

Publicly Available Specification

Plenary Meeting

Plenary Meeting = annual meeting of a CEN/ ISO Technical Committee (TC) or Subcommittee ( SC) – often the only meeting attended in person each year

prEN

Preliminary European standard = CEN draft standard which is submitted to the general public for technical comments

PWI

Preliminary Work Item

SBP

Strategic Business Plan

SC

Subcommittee = subcommittee of a Technical Committee (TC)

SECO

State Secretariat for Economic Affairs in Switzerland, competence centre of the federal government for all core issues of economic policy

SR

Systematic Review

sreq

Standardization Request = standardization request submitted by the European Commission to the recognized European standardization organizations CEN, CENELEC and ETSI

SWITEC

Swiss information center for technical rules

TF

Task Force

TMB

ISO Technical Management Board

TR

Technical Report

TS

Technical Specification

TS/P

ISO Technical Subject Proposal

UN

United Nations (often also called UNO)

UNO

United Nations Organization

WD

Working Draft

WG

Working Group

WTO

World Trade Organization

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