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Technical Bodies

Standards are used every day by businesses, manufacturers, public bodies, and other organizations as a tool for ensuring consumer products are safe. European standards are continuously improving everyday life with the ambition to be proactive and mitigate risks that can be reasonably foreseen with new and existing types of products.

Currently, 24 CEN and CENELEC TCs are carrying out standardization activities in consumer products. They mainly fall in the area of the General Product Safety Directive (2001/95/EC), to be replaced in December 2024 by the General Product Safety Regulation (GPSR), a new key instrument in the EU product safety legal framework, but they also concern a number of other pieces of European legislation (such as the Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC, and others).
A large proportion of the standards in this sector are drafted upon Standardization Requests by the European Commission, but standards are also developed in parallel with ISO, for example in footwear, sports equipment, or textiles, leading to the publication of identical European and International Standards.

Given the variety of topics covered, such as child and toy safety, clothing and accessories, textiles and leather, sporting goods, furniture, furnishings and cleaning, the relevant technical bodies work independently of one another. However, they exchange information through liaison officers, and sometimes they also cooperate on topics of common interest.

23 Technical Bodies responsible

CEN/CLC JTC 12 Design for All
CEN/SS H22 Smokers' lighters
CEN/SS M21 Precious metals - Applications in jewellery and associated products
CEN/TC 136 Sports, playground and other recreational facilities and equipment
CEN/TC 207 Furniture
CEN/TC 212 Pyrotechnic articles
CEN/TC 248 Textiles and textile products
CEN/TC 252 Child care articles
CEN/TC 281 Appliances, solid fuels and firelighters for barbecuing
CEN/TC 289 Leather
CEN/TC 309 Footwear
CEN/TC 355 Lighters
CEN/TC 364 High chairs and learning towers
CEN/TC 369 Candle fire safety
CEN/TC 398 Child Protective Products
CEN/TC 402 Domestic Pools and Spas
CEN/TC 410 Jewellery and precious metals
CEN/TC 426 Domestic appliances used for water treatment not connected to water supply
CEN/TC 443 Feather and down
CEN/TC 456 Online gambling
CEN/TC 52 Safety of toys
CEN/TC 93 Ladders
CEN/WS CFCM Response to Covid 19 - Community face coverings (Masks)

The primary concern of toy standards is the safety of children. European standards establish strict safety requirements, addressing potential hazards, such as small parts that could be a choking hazard, toxic substances, and other risks associated with specific types of toys.

In 2024, CEN/TC 52 ‘Safety of toys’ will further work on the revision and development of new standards started since the new Standardization Request on ‘Safety of toys’ (M/589) (end 2022): the committee will launch activities on a new part of the EN 71 series ‘Safety of Toys’ that will cover focus on the microbiological safety for toys containing accessible aqueous media.
In addition, CEN/TC 52 will further progress on the development of the following standards:

• EN 71-1 ‘Safety of toys – Mechanical and physical properties’: the revision of the standard will include requirements for expanding toys, toys imitating food, ride-on toys and aquatic ride-on toys, among others, and further specify test methods for kinetic energy density.

• EN 71-5 ‘Safety of toys – Chemical toys (sets) other than experimental sets’: the revision will clarify the scope to include kits for the preparation of slime and to include requirements regarding the content of boron, fragrances, colorants and preservatives.

• EN 71-7 ‘Safety of toys – Finger paints – Requirements and test methods’: the revision aims to review the lists of preservatives and colourants and to address the relationship and interaction between preservation and the pH of finger paint.

• EN 71-14 ‘Safety of toys – Trampolines for domestic use’: the revision of the document will target the review and categorization of warnings and the review of requirements regarding pinching, crushing and falling hazards.



The EN ISO 20957 series on Stationary training equipment is developed by CEN/TC 136 ‘Sports, playground and other recreational facilities and equipment’ (in parallel with ISO/TC 83 ‘Sports and other recreational facilities and equipment’) under M/506 in support of the General Product Safety legislation (2001/95/EC).

This standard series specifies safety requirements that are applicable to stationary training equipment, including strength training benches, stationary exercise bicycles (with a fixed wheel or without freewheel) and upper body crank training equipment, treadmills, rowing equipment, steppers, stair climbers and climbers, and elliptical trainers. The equipment is for use in training areas of organizations such as sport associations, educational establishments, hotels, sports halls, clubs, rehabilitation centres and studios, where access and control are specifically regulated by the owner, and also for domestic use.

To implement the continuous developments in the relevant industry, Part 2 and Part 7 of the standard series are currently in their final voting process and are expected to be available by January 2024. Next, Part 1 will be revised to streamline the general safety requirements and test methods that are applicable to all stationary training equipment.


In 2024, CEN/TC 281 ‘Appliances, solid fuels and firelighters for barbecuing’ should finalize the revision of the standardization work for prEN 1860-1 ‘Appliances, solid fuels and firelighters for barbecuing – Part 1: Barbecues burning solid fuels – Requirements and test methods’.

This document specifies requirements for materials, construction, design, test methods, markings and instructions relating to them. This document is applicable to barbecues which burn solid fuels, except single use barbecues. Barbecues which are intended to be converted from other fuels to solid fuels also should conform to this standard.


Standards published by CEN and CENELEC in the sector

  • CEN and CENELEC Portfolio of deliverables: 911 ENs + 69 other deliverables
  • Work items currently in the Work Programme:126 ENs + 7 other deliverables

Standardization requests from EC/EFTA

  • M/253 - Baby walking frames
  • M/259 - Consumer Safety for oil lamps
  • M/264 - Childcare articles
  • M/266 - Safety of consumers and children – lighters
  • M/285 - Ladders
  • M/309 - Draw strings on children’s clothing
  • M/372 - Floating leisure products
  • M/425 - Fire safety
  • M/427 - Cigarettes lighters
  • M/445 - Safety of toys – under revision
  • M/452 - Safety of music players
  • M/464 - Safety of childcare articles (bath rings, bath aids, bathtubs, etc.)
  • M/465 - Safety of locking devices
  • M/497 - Childcare articles 'risks in the sleeping environment'
  • M/505 - Window blinds
  • M/506 - Stationary training equipment
  • M/507 - Gymnastic equipment
  • M/508 - Bicycles
  • M/527 - Children’s seats
  • M/531 - Laser products
  • M/538 - Alcohol-powered flueless fireplaces
  • M/532 - Methods for quantitative analysis of textile products
  • M/553 - Advanced garments and ensembles of garments that provide protection against heat and flame, with integrated smart textiles and non-textile elements
  • M/589 - Safety of Childcare Articles