Finalization and implementation of European Standards 

This document specifies the actions required to prepare the definitive text of a European Standard (EN) and to dispatch it to the CENELEC National Committees (and others). It also lists the actions required from the CENELEC National Committees to implement the EN in accordance with the Internal Regulations.


1.1 On receipt of:

  • an electronic transmission notice from a Technical Body (TB) to skip Formal Vote after Enquiry;
  • a positive result of the Formal Vote

CCMC (in consultation with the Technical Body Secretary) manage the incorporation of editorial changes. The finalized text is sent by CCMC to the Technical Body Secretary for a 3-week proofing period.

If, during the voting period, comments are received that request an alteration of the technical content of the (F)prEN, CCMC will not take these into account. CCMC will only implement purely editorial comments. No technical changes shall be made to the text following a positive approval procedure. The TB shall consider any technical comments in a future amendment or revision of the text.

1.2 Exactly 5 weeks after a positive voting result has been circulated or decision has been made to proceed to publication without Formal Vote, the text is considered ratified (dor = date of ratification)

1.3 Within 5 weeks, CCMC sends the 'stable' and approved reference language version (without official title pages) via E-Trans to AFNOR, BSI and DKE for translation, as appropriate. 

1.4 The relevant NCs prepare the translations and return them via E-Trans to CCMC within the specified timescales (normally 4 weeks).
In the case of unavailable translations, the relevant NCs shall supply the translation of the titles.

1.5 CCMC distributes the definitive text of the approved European Standard (EN) in the available language version(s) to the CENELEC National Committees, the Partner Organizations, the Affiliates, the EC and EFTA Secretariat, the TB Chair and Secretary (dav – date of availability). Late incoming translations to CCMC are circulated at the next available opportunity.

1.6 The CENELEC National Committees announce the existence of the EN at national level within the defined timeframe (doa – date of announcement, equals dor + 6 months).

1.7 The CENELEC National Committees implement the EN at national level by giving it the status of a national standard within the defined timeframes:

  • either by publication of an identical text or by endorsement (dop – date of publication, equals dor + 12 months)
  • and withdraws any national standards conflicting with the EN (dow – date of withdrawal, normally equals dor + 36 months)

1.8 The CENELEC National Committees dispatche the relevant information (i.e. notification of national translation and implementation means) to CCMC via iProjex.



How can I find out the name and contact details of the CCMC Editor in charge of my project?

When a text is delivered to CCMC for the relevant stage it is allocated to a CCMC Editor for handling in line with the CEN-CENELEC Translation Procedure.  The name and contact details are available in the work item details on Projex Online.

When will my text be published?

You will be able to see the planned dav (date of availability) and dop (date of publication) on Projex online.