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Business Operations Support System. CEN's Electronic Code of Practice and auxiliary tools, which can be found at https://boss.cen.eu/Pages/default.aspx

BP, Business Plan
A business plan is to be prepared by all technical committees of CEN and of ISO. A business plan includes a strategic and factual part and the committee's program of work, which is to be updated on an ongoing basis.

Committee on Conformity Assessment. CASCO is a political/strategic committee for ISO and IEC.

Committee Draft for Vote. Proposal for IEC Standard.

Comité Européen de Normalisation. The European standards organization

CEN Workshop Agreements
Typically include technical specifications, which are determined by the participants in the workshop. Workshop Agreements are not formal standards, but can, at a later stage, undergo a formal standardization process.

Comité Européen de Normalisation Électrotechnique. The European standards organization in the electrotechnical field.

Central secretariat of CEN/CENELEC.

The central secretariats of IEC (CO) and ISO (CS).

Draft International Standard. Proposal for ISO Standard.

Date of Withdrawal. The date by which the member states of CEN and CENELEC must have withdrawn conflicting standards.

E-Committee is the document distribution of Danish Standards for Committee members.

European standard published by CEN or CENELEC.

European Telecommunications Standards Institute: European standardization organization, with members from telecommunications companies, network operators etc. preparing European standards in the field of telecommunications.

Final Draft International Standard.

Guidelines for standardization technical aspects.

Harmonization document. A normative document which is drawn up in accordance with the same rules applicable to a European standard. Only used in CENELEC.

International Electrotechnical Commission. IEC prepares international standards in the field of electrotechnical engineering.

Inter Nordic Standardization Association.

International Organization for Standardization. ISO prepares international standards in all areas not covered by IEC or ITU.

ISO/IEC Guides
Guidelines for standardization technical aspects in ISO/IEC standards.

International standardization
standardization in which involvement is open to relevant bodies from all countries.

International Telecommunications Union. ITU develops international standards for telecommunications.

General agreement, characterized by the absence of sustained opposition to substantial issues by any important part of the concerned interests, and by a process that involves seeking to take into account the views of all parties concerned and to reconcile any conflicting arguments

NOTE – Consensus does not necessarily imply unanimity.

National standardization
Standardization that takes place at the level of one specific country

NOTE – Within a country or a territorial part of a country, standardization can also be carried out at industry or sector levels (e.g. ministries), at local levels, at company and association levels in industry, as well as in individual factories, workshops and offices.

National Standards Body. Danish Standards is NSB for Denmark

Publicly Available Standards. A normative document which requires consensus in a working group and is approved by correspondence or at a meeting.

Project Committee. Project Committee under the auspices of ISO.

Proposal for European standard prepared by CEN or CENELEC.

Regional standardization
standardization in which involvement is open to relevant bodies from countries from only one geographical, political, or economic area of the world.

Subcommittee. Subcommittee of European or international standardization work.

activity of establishing, with regard to actual or potential problems, provisions for common and repeated use, aimed at the achievement of the optimum degree of order in a given context

NOTE 1 – The activity consists mainly in the processes of formulating, publishing, and implementing standards.

NOTE 2 – Important benefits of standardization are an improvement of the suitability of products, processes and services for their intended purposes, prevention of barriers to trade and facilitation of technological cooperation.

document, established by consensus and approved by a recognized body, which provides, for common and repeated use, rules, guidelines or characteristics for activities or their results, aimed at the achievement of the optimum degree of order in a given context

NOTE – Standards should be based on the consolidated results of science, technology, and experience, and aimed at the promotion of optimum community benefits. 

S Committee
Standardization committees under Danish Standards.

Technical Committee. Subcommittee of European or international standardization work.

Technical Management Board/Standardization Management Board. Technical boards of ISO or IEC, respectively

Technical Specification. Normative document having a lower status than a standard, as it is based on a lower level of consensus than a standard.

Technical Report. Informative document, which may contain any kind of information of interest to the market.

Unique Acceptance Procedure. An approval procedure in CEN/CENELEC that allows for the combination of consultation and final vote with a three or five-month voting period. This procedure results in faster publication of the completed standard and is used, for instance, if the contents of the standard are expected to achieve a high degree of consensus.

Working Group. Working Group under a TC or SC.

World Trade Organization. International organization for trade between nations aimed at assisting manufacturers of goods and services (both exports and imports) so that world trade can be as smooth as possible. Moreover, with the WTO, the ambition is to achieve further liberalization through negotiations.

Find the standard for general vocabulary

You can find the standard for general vocabulary here: DS/EN 45020:2007 Standardization and related activities - General vocabulary


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