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CEN-CENELEC www.cencenelec.eu

All of the products and services we buy and use in our everyday lives have to meet certain standards of safety and quality. In Europe, these standards are developed and agreed by the three officially recognized European Standardization Organisations: the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).

Together, CEN and CENELEC provide a platform for the development of European Standards and other technical specifications across a wide range of sectors. We work closely with the European Commission to ensure that standards correspond with any relevant EU legislation.

CEN and CENELEC also cooperate with respectively the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) to reach agreements on common standards that can be applied throughout the whole world, thereby facilitating international trade.



Acoutrain www.acoutrain.eu

ACOUTRAIN is a 3-year FP7 research project, which aims to develop procedures and calculation tools to simplify the present noise Technical Specification for Interoperability (TSI) test procedures.
The project started in 2011, having evaluated a number of possible scenarios for which a virtual test procedure could be a good alternative to real testing. ACOUTRAIN has established cooperation with the European Railway Agency to implement the ACOUTRAIN results within the Noise TSI and with the CEN Working Group 3 for the update of the EN standard EN15610 (Railway applications – Noise emission – Rail roughness measurement related to rolling noise generation).


Aquavir www.aquavir.eu

AquaVir is a 3-year FP7 project (started in November 2013) aiming to develop a novel, cost effective, portable, on-site detection system capable for monitoring human enteric viruses in different water bodies. This equipment will radically improve the water quality testing.

The project involves a partner (DIN, Deutsches Institut für Normung) with the responsibility of the preparation for worldwide standards in water monitoring.
Standardization of the methods and equipment will be an important tool for bringing the results beyond the research community and by this way enabling the exploitation and the access to market.


CloudFlow www.eu-cloudflow.eu

CloudFlow will enable the remote use of computational services distributed on the cloud, seamlessly integrating these within established engineering design workflows and standards. CloudFlow will go beyond the mere provision of individual computational services on the cloud. It has the ambition to support chains of services in integrated workflows and to allow the development and simulation of complex products such as mechatronic systems.

For this end, CloudFlow will take standards and quasi standards to the next level, the cloud level. Data management is planned to happen based on the ISO standard STEP and the ASD LOTAR specification EN9300, whereas the FMI (functional mock-up interface) specification builds the basis for co-simulation in the cloud.


CRISP www.crispproject.eu

CRISP aims to facilitate a harmonised playing field for the European security industry by developing a robust methodology for security product certification. CRISP will enhance existing security evaluation and certification schemes by offering an innovative evaluation methodology that integrates security, trust, efficiency and freedom infringement assessment dimensions. CRISP will analyse the state of the art in security standards, certification and accreditation at the Member State, regional and international level. The proposed scheme will be based on a taxonomy encompassing a variety of security products and services across applications, taking into account the varying roles of a diverse stakeholder community.


DRIVER www.driver-project.eu

The DRIVER project aims at three main objectives: firstly, the development of a pan-European test-bed enabling the testing and iterative refinement of new crisis management (CM) solutions and secondly, the actual development of a DRIVER Portfolio of Tools that improves crisis management at Member State and EU level. The third main objective is the creation and fostering of a DRIVER Community including all stakeholders in crisis management who are concerned by societal and technological innovation in CM and its up-take, thereby achieving a more shared understanding of CM across Europe.


Based on its results DRIVER will actively contribute to standardisation activities in crisis management. DRIVER started in May 2014 and it is too early to determine in what areas suitable results will be reached. Indicative examples are, however, standards for communication interoperability, interoperability of command and control, organisational interoperability and in mass notification of the population.  


DURABROADS www.durabroads.eu

DURABROADS is a FP7 Project aiming at creating a more resilient and sustainable road pavement. At present road pavements are facing two main challenges: increase of road traffic flow in freight corridors and negative effects of climate change. The European consortium composed of nine partners is currently making efforts to reduce these negative impacts, by developing innovative techniques and materials improved by nanotechnology. 


In order to facilitate the future market implementation for the new products and hence removing potential trade barriers, identification of pre-standardization areas will be of key importance for the project. Therefore in addition to experts from the EU and the US Federal Highways Administration, the research is bringing technical expertise from standardisation specialists involved in CEN TC 227 on Road Materials to work together on innovative, cost-effective construction and maintenance for safer, greener and climate resilient roads. 


ECOLABEL www.ecolabelproject.eu

Development of a novel ECO-LABELing EU-harmonized methodology for cost-effective, safer and greener road products and infrastructures is a 3 year FP7 project (October 2013 to September 2016) to develop a novel eco-labelling methodology for cost-effective, safer and greener road products and infrastructures.

The project concept arises from the necessity for a new, green, holistic and EU-harmonised eco-labelling methodology integrating a Life Cycle Engineering (LCE) approach. It will cover environmental indicators along with the economic, technical and social aspects for the assessment of future and existing road infrastructures, as well as their construction materials such as asphalt mixtures and cement-based materials.

Enterprise Europe Network

Enterprise Europe Network een.ec.europa.eu

The Enterprise Europe Network is a key instrument in the EU's strategy to boost growth and jobs. Bringing together close to 600 business support organisations from more than 50 countries, we help small companies seize the unparalleled business opportunities in the EU Single Market.

Our member organisations include chambers of commerce and industry, technology centres, research institutes and development agencies. Most of them have been supporting local businesses for a long time. They know their clients' strengths and needs - and they know Europe.

As members of the Enterprise Europe Network they are linked up through powerful databases, sharing their knowledge and sourcing technologies and business partners across all Network countries. But they are also closely linked with the European Commission, which enables them to keep abreast of EU policies and to feed small companies' views on them back to Brussels.

Services tailored to small companies
Supporting small business is a cornerstone of the EU's drive for growth and jobs. Because 99% of all EU companies are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), accounting for 67% of jobs, what's good for SMEs is good for Europe's economy.
We are co-financed through the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP, 2007-13), an EU funding programme designed to make European companies more competitive. Our services are tailored to SMEs but are also available to all other businesses, universities and research centres.

European IPR Helpdesk

European IPR Helpdesk www.iprhelpdesk.eu/

The European IPR Helpdesk is the official IP service initiative of the European Commission providing free-of-charge, professional first-line advice and information on Intellectual Property (IP) and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). The service targets researchers and European Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) participating in EU-funded collaborative research projects, but also addresses SMEs involved in international technology transfer processes.

Whether you need personal assistance on a specific IPR issue, would like to be informed about latest developments in the world of IP and R&D in Europe, or are interested in training sessions on IPR – the European IPR Helpdesk is the right partner to turn to.

European Patent Office

European Patent Office www.epo.org

The European Patent Office (EPO) is an international authority set up on the basis of the European Patent Convention to grant European patents using a unitary and centralised procedure. A single patent application in any of the three official languages - English, French or German - can provide patent protection in 38 states.

The European patent system also offers a high level of legal certainty, as European patents are only granted following an in-depth examination and a comprehensive novelty search based on a collection of over 80 million documents.


KBBPPS www.biobasedeconomy.eu/research/kbbpps/

One of the main other challenges for the real take-off of bio-refineries and the bio-based economy is a clear, harmonized and unambiguous set of standards about the properties of the products. The KBBPPS project, started in 2012, covers research and demonstration for these products on bio-based carbon content determination and biodegradability and eco-toxicity test schemes. Practical solutions for lab and field tests on biodegradation or biological derived elements are investigated.

The goal is copying the results one-to-one into European standards. By participating in CEN/TC 411 on "Bio-based products" and by doing pre- and co-normative research for them, KBBPPS allows European stakeholders to progress with well-defined, sound test methods correlated to actual field behaviour and applicability in the lab.


iNTeg-Risk www.integ-risk.eu

iNTeg-Risk is a large-scale integrating project aiming at improving management of emerging risks related to “new technologies” in European industry. The project has proposed a new management paradigm for emerging risks as a set of principles supported by agreed tools and methods all integrated into a single framework. The project main aim was to reduce time-to-market for the new technologies "made in EU" and promote safety, security, environmental friendliness and social responsibility as a competitive advantage and a trademark of the EU technologies. The project involved leading EU industries and renowned R&D institutions. It closed in May 2013 after 4,5 years of collaborative work of more than 80 organizations. It was flagged by the European Commission as a success story.

Amongst the outcomes of iNTeg-Risk are a CEN Workshop Agreement “Managing emerging technology-related risks”, based on the iNTeg-Risk ERMF. The CEN Workshop Agreement “Managing emerging technology-related risks” is complementary to the International Standard ISO 31000 and the Risk Governance Framework developed by the International Risk Governance Council.


MSEE www.msee-ip.eu

The ongoing MSEE project (Manufacturing Service Ecosystem) aims to create new Virtual Factory Industrial Models, where service orientation and collaborative innovation will support a new renaissance of Europe in the global manufacturing context.
The project brings together experts from research and standardisation and has developed a CEN Technical Specification for Service Modelling Language (SML) to support service system engineering in Virtual Manufacturing Enterprise environments. MSEE has disseminated the standardisation knowledge via workshops at international conferences. The SML has been validated in ICT applications at four industrial pilots in order to prepare for the opening of new markets for software providers.


MUSIC music.eucoord.com/

MUSIC ("MUlti-layers control&cognitive System to drive metal and plastic production line for Injected Components", FP7, 2012-2016, 16 Partners) is a project addressed to High Pressure Die Casting (HPDC) of metallic alloys and Plastic Injection Molding (PIM), which are the most “defect-generating” and “energy-consumption” processes in EU industry. MUSIC will develop a completely new ICT tool, based on innovative Control and Cognitive system linked to real time monitoring, allowing an active control of quality and avoiding the presence of defects or over-cost by directly acting on the process-machine variables optimization or equipment boundary conditions.
MUSIC is based on collaborative research and technological development, along the value chain of HPDC and PIM processes.

Standardisation activities are central in the MUSIC project, with a Work Package specifically devoted to the development of new CEN Technical Reports on HPDC processes (e.g. technical conditions of delivery of dies, new tests on alloys/dies, pressure tightness of Aluminium alloys castings).


NGTC www.ngtc.eu

Next Generation Train Control (NGTC) is a FP7, 3 year project with the main scope to analyse the similarities and differences of required functionality of both ETCS and CBTC systems and to determine the level of commonality of architecture, hardware platforms and system design that can be achieved.

Building on the existing standards and specifications for mainline and urban rail domains, the project will propose the ways for greater convergence between ETCS and CBTC systems through the standardised functions and interfaces.  This will be accomplished by building on the ETCS and its standardised train protection kernel and by using the project members experience gained by having developed and deployed successful CBTC systems in Europe and beyond.


NanoMILE www.nanoMILE.eu

The NanoMILE project intends to establish a fundamental understanding of the mechanisms of nanomaterial interactions with living systems and the environment, across the entire life cycle of nanomaterials and in a wide range of target species. The project will identify critical properties (physico-chemical descriptors) that confer the ability to induce harm in biological systems and will develop a single framework for the classification of nanomaterial safety. This is key to allowing these features to be considered in nanomaterial production (“safety by design”).

The project will prepare the transfer of new protocols developed in the project into standards: identification and preparation of NWIP will take place using the nanoSTAIR procedure and network (semantic analysis of project documents, review by a pool of experts, clustering of initiatives so as to gather the critical mass necessary for the actual start of a new work item).


nanoSTAIR www.nanoSTAIR.eu-vri.eu

The FP7 cooperative action nanoSTAIR (www.nanostair.eu-vri.eu) has built a sustainable process and platform in the field of nanotechnologies to support the transfer of knowledge from research to standards. Running from September 2012 to February 2014, it was operated by a consortium gathering national and European research institutes and standardization bodies. The nanoSTAIR team continues further its activities.

The nanoSTAIR project has set-up a mechanism to identify the opportunities for standardization in the results of research projects, based on the semantic analysis of research papers and on expert review. For selected results, nanoSTAIR pools together resources and consortia sharing similar standardization opportunities and provides assistance for selecting the right standardization umbrella (CEN or ISO Technical Committee and Working Group) and for launching new standardization work items. 13 research documents have gone through the semantic analysis (“nanoSTAIR check”), and 2 research results have been selected and are being transferred into new standards by the research teams with nanoSTAIR support.


Open-Bio www.biobasedeconomy.eu/research/open-bio/

This FP7-project commenced in November 2013 and is partially a follow-up on a pending pre-normative project (KBBPPS). Methods to directly determine the biological content of bio-based products are complemented with indirect determinations. Already initiated investigations for degradability are completed by tests supplying other comparison factors; the level at which a product degrades in seawater, is compostable (also through home-composting in your own garden) or can be digested to biogas in an industrial installation. These 'end-of-life applications’ are important in order to compare bio-based products (also in terms of sustainability) and develop applicable policies.

In addition to that, it is important that all properties and applications are clearly communicated to the users of bio-based products. Open-Bio establishes guidelines for labelling of and for the product information supplied together with bio-based products. A socio-economical investigation towards bio-based products acceptance in at least 8 EU Member States complements the work. In the end, the result is intended to lead to standards and policy rules at European level.


PRIME www.prime-eu.com

The aim of the PRIME project is a paradigm shift from a conventional, resource-intensive, and largely human driven configuration and system integration process, to plug-and-produce automated assembly systems enabled by the development of an integrated PRIME methodology and toolbox.

The project is supported by the following objectives:
•    Developing methods for rapid configuration, ramp-up and system optimisation and adaptation.
•    Developing multi-agent control approach production environment for module integration including legacy equipment.
•    A tool based on standard technology and language for integration and networking of heterogeneous control systems from different equipment suppliers inside a production line.


REFRESCO website to be added shortly

Towards a REgulatory FRamework for the usE of Structural new materials in railway passenger and freight CarbOdyshells

The overall objective of REFRESCO is to set the framework for the implementation of new materials in the railway sector through the evolution of certification processes for rolling stock.  REFRESCO will generate recommendations and provide the information needed to adapt the regulatory framework of railway carbody structures to the introduction of new materials.

The project will work toward its objectives by identifying the gaps in materials knowledge and in the current regulatory framework of railway car body construction.  This will allow the consortium to understand the gaps to be filled to facilitate the certification of rail vehicles in composite and other non-metallic materials.  The research will then address the specific issues surrounding the implementation of new materials in railway car bodies, such as: maintainability; structural performance; fire performance; manufacturing processes; and crashworthiness.  Finally, the project will produce recommendations to allow for the introduction of new materials in structural components, while at least maintaining current levels of safety.


SafeLife-X www.safelife-x.eu-vri.eu

The SafeLife-X project (Safe Life Extension management of aged infrastructures networks and industrial plant) is a 2 year FP7 project (September 2013 - August 2015) that intends to improve ageing management for infrastructure networks and industrial plants, including roads, railways, tunnels and bridges, so that their availability is maximised and their management cost effective.

SafeLife-X will also pursue the development of a European Standard (EN) on a Risk-Based Inspection Framework. SafeLife-X will build cost-effective solutions to handle the problem of infrastructures ageing in the next 10 years (2015-2025) by providing specifications for new Research Development Innovation (RDI) projects (Strategic Research Agenda/Roadmap) and a catalogue of best practices including Cost-Benefit analysis.


SCAFFOLD www.scaffold.eu-vri.eu

The use of Manufacturated Nanomaterials (MNMs) and nanocomposites in the construction industry and related infrastructure industries is an increasing reality, mostly in cement or concrete products, coatings or insulation materials and to a lesser extent in road-pavement products, flame retardant materials or textiles.

A majority of workers and their employers in the construction sector (~75%) are not aware that they work with nano-products. Detailed information about the product composition and their possible nano-specific health and safety issues is generally lacking and the information available for the raw material manufacturer is often lost while stepping down the user chain. As a consequence, it is very difficult for average construction companies to conduct a proper risk assessment and organize a safe workplace for its employees.
The SCAFFOLD research aims at providing practical, robust, easy-to-use and cost effective solutions for the European construction industry, regarding the prevention of occupational exposure to MNMs. An objective of the project is to translate the risk management system developed into a CEN Workshop Agreement, and new protocols into standards.


SPIDIA www.spidia.eu

The SPIDIA project, funded by the EU 7th Programme (FP7) aimed for standardization and improvement of pre analytical procedures for in-vitro diagnostics by developing necessary guidelines, technologies and tools for practical applications in the area of health and medicine.

SPIDIA enables the development of several CEN/TS series. These Technical Specifications will answer the need to have standardized pre-analytical procedures for e.g. the sample collection, stabilization, transport, storage and processing integrated in one process. Processes will be sample specific depending on the target for analysis (e.g. RNA, DNA, proteins) to secure dependable and reproducible analytical test results in the clinical/pathological laboratory.


StaCast www.stacast-project.org

StaCast ("New Quality and Design Standards for Aluminium Alloys Cast Products", FP7, 2012-2014) has been addressed to the European Aluminium foundry industry (more than 2000 Companies, mostly SMEs), with the aim of supporting the exploitation of its enormous potential, mainly associated to the increasing demand of lightweight components. The open challenge is that of transforming this industry into a quality/efficiency-driven sector, by developing innovative Standards and Technical Reports useful for design and production of high quality and highly performing cast components.
StaCast main outcomes are

  • public survey of EU Aluminium foundries, to understand their quality and standardisation requirements,
  • the development of a CEN Technical Report for a reliable classification of defects and imperfections in Aluminium alloys cast products,
  • the development of a CEN Technical Report with the procedure to evaluate mechanical potential of Aluminium-based foundry alloys,
  • the elaboration of engineering guidelines for the mechanical design of Aluminium alloys castings.

STARGRID www.stargrid.eu

The STARGRID project has been initiated by the European Commission in 2012 to provide a clear overview of the current activities, to lay down requirements and evaluation criteria for Smart Grid standards, and to work out recommendations on the future strategy of the Commission regarding Smart Grid standardization. Besides classical Smart Grid topics like interoperability and security, the particular focus of the project is placed on industry requirements. Stakeholders like small and medium enterprises which are normally not involved in the standardization process will benefit from the information made available on the STARGRID website during the course of the project.


SuperCleanQ www.supercleanq.eu

SuperCleanQ, a FP7 project which started on 1st November 2011 has developed a new analytical test method for monitoring the quality of recycled food grade PET.

After consultation with CEN/TC 249 Plastics, SuperCleanQ was advised to develop a Technical Specification under CEN/TC 249 Plastics for this analytical method to determine Marker compounds in recycled PET. A draft of this Technical Standard ("Plastics – Recycled Plastics - Determination of Marker Compounds in Food Grade Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)" is being assessed by CEN/TC 249.  


It is expected that this will be discussed at the CEN/TC 249 meeting in October 2014 and hopefully published shortly afterwards.


SUSTA-SMART www.susta-smart.eu

SUSTA-SMART (Supporting Standardisation for Smart Textiles), an 18 month EU FP7 project, developed tools for proposal writers and research projects to improve integration of standardisation issues into their work program and the exploitation/ commercialisation of project results. Focus domains were smart textiles for Personal Protective Equipment, Construction Products and Consumer Goods.
There was a strong cooperation with CEN/TC 248 WG31 – Smart textiles and CEN-CLC BT/WG 8 – Protective textiles and personal protective clothing and equipment.
The project finished March 2014, having contributed to the development of two textile standards (WI=00248533 and prEN 16806-1) and the BT/WG 8 report to the European Commission in response to Programming Mandate M/509.


Top-Ref www.toprefproject.eu

TOP-REF is a FP7 project committed to increase the competitiveness and efficiency of the EU resource-intensive process industry.

Within the project will be developed methodologies and tools to improve monitoring and control of the industrial processes.

In order to ensure TOP-REF impacts, specific Key Resources Indicators (KRI) will be developed and standardized to foster the greening and the competiveness of the European process industry. The use of TOP-REF standardized resource efficiency indicators will allow companies to have better knowledge of their environmental performance and the related financial impact.

TOP-REF is a 42 month project started at 15th January 2014.



Thu 30 October, 2014 08.30 to
Wed 30 October, 2019 17.15




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