Business sectors

Defence and Security

Technical Bodies

Traditionally, the resilience of our society used to be put to the test by terrorist attacks, public security incidents, or natural disasters. Today, in addition to these traditional risks, we have also witnessed the unprecedented effects of a global pandemic on our society. Finally, climate action and digitalization have emerged as two additional long-term strategic challenges to take into consideration when planning Europe’s resilience.

Especially, as we move towards a Digital Europe, security will be a major challenge, where standardization will have an important role to play. Security in a digital world is a horizontal subject, embracing many aspects: they include cybersecurity, the security of cyber-physical and Internet-of-Things systems, the security of critical infrastructures, but also the protection of privacy and human rights, the fight against fake news, and much more.

32 Technical Bodies responsible

CEN/CLC/JTC 4 Services for fire safety and security systems
CEN/CLC/WS 018 Assessment of the resilience of transport infrastructure to potentially disruptive events
CEN/CLC/WS HECTOS CEN-CENELEC Workshop on Guidelines on evaluation systems and schemes for physical security products
CEN/CLC/WS ZONeSEC Interoperability of security systems for the surveillance of widezones
CEN/TC 191 Fixed firefighting systems
CEN/TC 192 Fire and Rescue Service Equipment
CEN/TC 263 Secure storage of cash, valuables and data media
CEN/TC 325 Crime prevention through building, facility and area design
CEN/TC 367 Breath-alcohol testers
CEN/TC 368 Product Identification
CEN/TC 391 Societal and Citizen Security
CEN/TC 419 Forensic Science Processes
CEN/TC 439 Private security services
CEN/TC 70 Manual means of fire fighting equipment
CEN/TC 72 Fire detection and fire alarm systems
CEN/WS 099 CEN Workshop on the Semantic and Syntactical Interoperability for Crisis and Disaster Management
CEN/WS 100 CEN Workshop Trial Guidance Methodology (TGM)
CEN/WS 101 CEN WS Crisis management - Building a Common Simulation Space
CEN/WS 104 Societal and Social Impact Assessment Framework to Support Adoption of New Capabilities in Crisis Management
CEN/WS ARCH City Resilience Development - Framework and guidance for implementation in historic areas
CEN/WS CBRN Basic CBRN training curriculum for first responders and medical staff including first receivers
CEN/WS CMEx Implementation Guidelines for evaluation and assessment reporting of exercises for crisis management
CEN/WS CURSOR Urban search and rescue - Guideline for the application of a test method for innovative technologies to detect victims in debris
CEN/WS D-Box Demining tool-box for humanitarian clearing of large scale areas from anti-personnel landmines and cluster munitions
CEN/WS DigScen Specifications for Digital Scenarios for Crisis Management Exercises
CEN/WS DIV Requirements for acquiring digital information from victims during Search and Rescue operations
CEN/WS FORMOBILE Requirements and Guidelines for a complete end-to-end mobile forensic investigation chain
CEN/WS SMCD Guidelines for effective social media messages in crisis and disaster management
CEN/WS TER-CDM Terminologies in Crisis and Disaster Management
CLC/BTTF 133-1 Sound systems for emergency purposes which are not part of fire detection and alarm systems
CLC/BTTF 157-1 Public address and general emergency alarm systems
CLC/TC 79 Alarm systems

Crises may arise from failures to provide safety and protection of members of society from personal injury, loss, or harm. In this context, CEN/TC 391 ‘Societal and Citizen Security’ will work on a Technical Specification (CEN/TS) on 'Guidance to Operational and Security Management of PPE in Health Care Facilities (HCF)'.

The proposed document defines a matrix of indicators for the evaluation of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) used within healthcare facilities (HCFs). It will address the risk management perspective and impact of PPE use on security and safety. It will also help to take a standardized and holistic approach for procurement and the supply chain and, additionally, it will address environmental aspects.

The standard is intended to be applied by HCFs, including hospitals, or any facility where healthcare is provided as a service (such as homes for elderly people, mental health clinics, and polyclinics). To carry out this work, CEN/TC 391 will coordinate with the CEN and CENELEC Sector Forum on Personal Protective Equipment.

Crises may also arise from failures to effectively manage security of assets, information, reputations or sovereign risks to governments or organizations. As such, CEN/TC 391 will work on a series of standards on the Digital Chain of Custody for CBRNE Evidence, consisting of two parts: Part 1 ‘Overview and Concepts’ and Part 2 ‘Data Management and Audit’.
Part 1 will provide guidance for technical and non-technical personnel within organizations, including those responsible for compliance with statutary and regulatory requirements and industry standards. Part 2 will provide guidelines for managing and auditing Digital Custody Metadata (DCM), enabling stakeholders to identify and audit custody ownership for CBRNE evidence in the Djibouti Code of Conduct (DCoC). This standard proposes a metadata structure to manage resources assigned to CBRNE evidence and comply with good data governance practices, raising awareness at each custody transfer point.



CEN/TC 439 'Private security services' is responsible for standardization of all civilian security services. In 2024, the committee will develop a new standard with sector-specific requirements for the provision of private security services for energy sector security, excluding nuclear power plants. This standard will be the fourth part of a series on the provision of private security services for critical infrastructure.

It is important that the selection of a private security service provider always represents the best balance between quality and price. This document aims to set out the minimum requirements that providers should comply with for this balance to be struck.


CEN/TC 263 'Secure storage of cash, valuables and data media' is the Technical Committee of reference for the development of standards related to the performance of products, such as safes and strong rooms, data cabinets, maintenance of ATMs to ensure secure storage of cash, valuable and data media.

In 2024, CEN/TC 263 will develop Part 2 of the EN 1143 series on requirements, classification, and methods of test for resistance to burglary. Part 2 of the series will specify requirements and test methods for deposit systems and classifies deposit systems according to their burglary resistance and their resistance to the theft of deposits.

Standards published by CEN and CENELEC in the sector

  • CEN and CENELEC Portfolio of deliverables: 266 ENs + 63 other deliverables
  • Work items currently in the Work Programme: 41 ENs + 5 other deliverables

Further information