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Technical Bodies

Every day, technologies are getting smarter, adjusting their behaviour to seamlessly integrate with the environment using wireless access, sensors, and data.

The Internet of Things (IoT) stands out as a key driver of the fourth industrial revolution, commonly referred to as Industry 4.0. It plays a crucial role in promoting automation and facilitating data exchange in manufacturing technologies.

Standardization needs to adapt quickly to cope with developments such as the rapid changes in global markets, their increased levels of complexity, the changing business environment, and a more dynamic and inclusive society. The conventional boundaries between standardization sectors are fading, necessitating proactive measures to dismantle the traditional vertical silo approach.

Furthermore, notions such as smartness and digitalization should not solely focus on technological performance: they should also be considered as integral to the journey of achieving long-term sustainable development. Standards can help achieve this objective: they provide a foundation for seamlessly integrating technologies into complex systems, preventing vendor lock-ins, and facilitating interoperability and data exchange.

For these reasons, standards are pivotal in the consolidation of the European Single Market and contribute to the competitiveness of the European industry.

CEN and CENELEC are engaged in several activities on topics such as smart grids, smart cities, cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence, and quantum technologies. The two organizations work together to develop standards supporting the development of an open competitive market and actively cooperate with ISO and IEC to reach agreements on common standards that can be applied worldwide. For more information on these topics, please refer to the chapter on ‘Digital Society’.

52 Technical Bodies responsible

CEN/TC 92 Water meters
CEN/TC 171 Heat cost allocation
CEN/TC 176 Heat meters
CEN/TC 224 Personal identification and related personal devices with secure element, systems, operations and privacy in a multi-sectorial environment
CEN/TC 225 AIDC technologies
CEN/TC 234 Gas infrastructure
CEN/TC 237 Gas meters
CEN/TC 247 Building Automation, Controls and Building Management
CEN/TC 251 Health informatics
CEN/TC 278 Intelligent transport systems
CEN/TC 287 Geographic Information
CEN/TC 294 Communication systems for meters
CEN/TC 318 Hydrometry
CEN/TC 353 Information and Communication Technologies for Learning, Education and Training
CEN/TC 365 Internet Filtering
CEN/TC 428 Digital Competences and ICT professionalism
CEN/TC 434 Electronic Invoicing
CEN/TC 440 Electronic Public Procurement
CEN/TC 445 Digital information Interchange in the Insurance Industry
CEN/TC 465 Sustainable and Smart Cities and Communities
CEN/WS 084 Self-Sovereign Identifier for Personal Data Ownership and Usage Control (CEN WS ISÆN)
CEN/WS FATEDA Standards-Compliant Formats for Fatigue Test Data
CEN/WS ICT ICT/SKILLS Workshop (IT profiles and curricula)
CEN/WS JXF XFS for the Java Platform
CEN/WS METEDA Mechanical Test Data
CEN/WS SCS Description and Assessment of Good Practices for Smart City Solutions
CEN/WS XFS eXtensions for Financial Services
CLC/WS 04 Interoperability framework requirements specification for services to the home (IFRS)
CLC/TC 8X System aspects of electrical energy supply
CLC/TC 13 Electrical energy measurement and control
CLC/TC 46X Communication cables
CLC/TC 57 Power systems management and associated information exchange
CLC/TC 59X Performance of household and similar electrical appliances
CLC/TC 65X Industrial-process measurement, control and automation
CLC/TC 86A Optical fibres and optical fibre cables
CLC/TC 86BXA Fibre optic interconnect, passive
CLC/TC 100X Audio, video and multimedia systems and equipment and related sub-systems
CLC/TC 108X Safety of electronic equipment within the fields of Audio/Video, Information Technology and Communication Technology
CLC/TC 205 Home and Building Electronic Systems (HBES)
CLC/TC 209 Cable networks for television signals, sound signals and interactive services
CLC/TC 210 Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC)
CLC/TC 215 Electrotechnical aspects of telecommunication equipment
CEN-CLC-ETSI JWG eAccessibility CEN-CLC-ETSI JWG eAccessibility
CEN-CLC/JTC 13 Cybersecurity and Data Protection
CEN-CLC/JTC 19 Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies
CEN-CLC/JTC 21 Artificial Intelligence
CEN/CLC/JTC 24 Digital Product Passport (DPP)
CEN/CLC/WS AADSF Age Appropriate Digital Services Framework
CEN/CLC/WS DSO Digital sovereignty
CEN-CLC/WS INACHUS Urban search and rescue (USaR) robotic platform technical and procedural interoperability
CEN-CLC/WS SEP2 Industry Best Practices and an Industry Code of Conduct for Licensing of Standard Essential Patents in the field of 5G and Internet of Things
CEN-CLC/WS SEP-IoT Workshop on Best Practices and a Code of Conduct for Licensing Industry Standard Essential Patents in 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT), including the Industrial Internet and connectorised components

In 2024, CEN/TC 465 ‘Sustainable Cities and Communities’ will continue its efforts to provide a link between smart appliances and a sustainable living. It is currently drafting two documents which will be issued for public enquiry in 2024:

  • ‘Sustainable Cities and Communities – Nature Based Solutions (NBSs) – Vocabulary’;

  • ‘Sustainable Cities and Communities: a framework for standardization of services to the citizen’.

While the former will be published as a European Standard (EN), the latter will be a Technical Report. Its aim will be to establish a best practice in the design and execution of smart and sustainable services made available to citizens, both for residents and for visitors to a community. This Technical Report will lay down a framework for a European Standard to set out the basic principles that will need to be observed across the full range of services to be provided.


In 2024, the CEN-CENELEC-ETSI Coordination Group on Smart Grids will continue providing advice on European standardization requirements related to smart electrical grid and multicommodity smart metering standardization, including interactions between commodity systems (such electricity, gas, heat, water), and assess ways to address them. This includes interactions with end users, including consumers and prosumers.

The Coordination Group will also promote the deployment of open and interoperable data architectures, the industry’s wider implementation of standards for smart grids and meters. The Group has ongoing Task Force activities related to cybersecurity, consumers empowerment and flexibility, as well as data format and procedures. Additionally, it will foster international cooperation with relevant partners and focus on the interoperability of energy smart appliances.



Quantum Technologies (QT) is one of the most promising key technologies in the coming decades. They hold immense importance due to its potential to revolutionize various fields. The current level of maturity and the key components of various quantum domains differ. Therefore, aligning terminology can be the first step and standards can play an important role.

In 2024, newly established CEN and CENELEC JTC 22 ‘Quantum Technologies’ will start the discussion on the creation of several new work items mainly focusing on best practices and terminology.


CLC/TC 72 ‘Automatic electrical controls’ provides standards in fields such as smart grid, power consuming applications, and local power generators communicating via the Internet, wirelessly or with dedicated networks, such as HBES/BACS, with a focus on Cyber-security, Functional Safety, intelligence in products, and the Internet of Things.

Therefore, in 2024, this TC will continue working on a series of standards. Among them, EN IEC 60730-2-23 ‘Automatic electrical controls - Part 2-23: Particular requirements for electrical sensors and sensing elements’, EN IEC 60730-2-24 ‘Automatic electrical controls-Part 2-24: Particular requirements for displacement sensing controls’ and EN IEC 60730-2-25 ‘Automatic electrical controls - Part 2-25: Particular requirements for current sensing controls’.

Another TC, CLC/TC 205 ‘Home and Building Electronic Systems (HBES)’ works closely with CEN/TC 247 ‘Building Automation, Controls and Building Management’ on standards targeted at achieving smart zero-emission building (ZEB).

In 2024, they will continue working on improvements to the ‘Energy efficiency systems’ standards series EN IEC 63345 and EN IEC 63402 ‘Energy Efficiency Systems - Smart Grid - Customer Energy Management Systems’. The TC will also work on the Technical Specification TS 50491-7 for ‘IT security and data protection’.