Comité Européen de Normalisation - Brussels CEN
The mission of the European Standardisation Council - Comité Européen de Normalisation (CEN) is to promote voluntary technical harmonisation in Europe in conjunction with worldwide bodies and its partners in Europe. CEN has 22 national members. The standardisation bodies from the countries of EU, EFTA, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Malta and Slovakia.
CEN was formally established in 1975. The role of CEN was substantially enhanced after 1983 when it started to develop European Standards with an increase level of commitment. European standards form an essential part of the new approach to European Directives.
Experts from EIGA member companies participate in various CEN technical committees and their associated working groups which are responsible for developing standards applicable to the industrial gaseses industry. Examples are CEN TC 23 (Transportable gas cylinders) and CEN TC 268 (Cryogenic vessels). In addition, EIGA has liaison status with all relevant technical committees, and attend their meetings as an observer where appropriate.