Standards and Legislation


Standardisation bodies

The world of standardisation is represented at international level by ISO and IEC. CEN and CENELEC at European level co-operates with ISO and IEC, on the base of the Vienna and Dresden protocols. CEN and CENELEC standards are in general based on IEC/ISO standards.

The European approach

The European approach is based on the fundamental principle of one standard, one test and supplier's declaration of conformity:

  • one standard: support to the development of world wide standards under one single authority (IEC and ISO);
  • one test: support to the establishment of mutual recognition agreements on the basis of standard harmonisation and reciprocity;
  • manufacturer's declaration of conformity: means to avoid third party certification. In addition CECAPI favours the use of quality marks as a tool to exploit marketing differences.

CECAPI commitments

  • CECAPI is fully committed to support the development of international standards whenever they respond to the needs of the market and of the consumers
  • CECAPI fully supports the New Approach strategy of the European Commission
  • CECAPI is a co-operating partner of CENELEC since 1998
  • Industry representatives are active through their national standardisation bodies in the CENELEC and IEC technical committees
  • Voluntary 3rd party certification to National marks in markets where it is desirable

European Directives


Key directives relevant to CECAPI

Click on the links below for more information about the directives that impact on CECAPI member products. The working groups are engaged in the directives relevant to their product area.

  • CPR (Construction Products Directive):
  • CE-marking
  • EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility)
  • EED (Energy Efficiency Directive)
  • Ecodesign
  • GPSD (General Product Safety Directive)
  • LVD (Low Voltage Directive)
  • REACH (Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals)
  • RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances)
  • WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment)