Flexible standards development process (for EN only)


The ‘Flexible standards development process’ is a new process for standards (EN) development where the Technical Committees are made fully responsible for the timely and effective delivery of standards by enabling them to autonomously plan and organise their work within a specified maximum timeframe.

The planning by TCs is de facto made by allocating the necessary amount of time to the 2 process stages that are devoted to TC work:

  1. Stage for the Drafting of prEN - from the NWI approval to the submission to Enquiry
  2. Stage for the Handling of comments after enquiry and for the drafting of FprEN (if any) - from the end of the Enquiry to either the dispatch of FprEN or the delivery to editing, if the Formal Vote is skipped.

The concept of flexibility refers to the fact that the duration of the 2 above stages becomes flexible (previously each stage was fixed to 34 weeks) and will be decided - per each work item - by the Technical Committee according to its needs. It implies in return a full commitment by the TC to its actual timely implementation.

This concept does not apply to the other process stages, the durations of which remain fixed as provided in the previous process.

The main benefit is a stronger ownership of the development process by the TC that may result in:

  • TC improvement of the timely delivery of standards - key issue in particular for the standards requested by the EC;
  • Reduction of risk of automatic cancellation of Work items due to late delivery.


Two experienced TC secretaries, one for CEN and one for CENELEC, volunteered to help CCMC to record some videos explaining the key steps for the successful implementation of the process.

Introduction - https://youtu.be/JB_nX6g6C04
Module 1: Planning - https://youtu.be/WGChUW2Tv74
Module 2: Implementing the planning - https://youtu.be/Gi0ZnuGJ1Bw
Module 3: Monitoring - https://youtu.be/UJmrbHDNNN4
Module 4:  Review of the planning - https://youtu.be/xZWNE-tQTIs


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