Introduction to the standardisation system

Standards are drafted by the standardisation bodies in the individual member states. In Denmark, Danish Standards (Dansk Standard) is the official standardisation body, and Danish Standards is therefore the official representative of Denmark on a number of European and international standardisation bodies.

European standards are drafted under the auspices of the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) in conjunction with the national standardisation bodies of the various member states.

Danish Standards is a member of CEN and is responsible for the implementation of all European standards in Denmark and sometimes also translates the European standards into Danish.

CEN - European Committee for Standardization

Established in 1961, CEN is the European Committee for Standardisation. Its members are national standardisation bodies. With the exception of standards relating to electronics and telecommunications, all standards in Europe come under the umbrella of CEN.

CENELEC - European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization

Created in 1973, CENELEC is the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation. The members of CENELEC are national standardisation bodies. CENELEC is responsible for standardisation in the electrotechnical field.

Danish Standards (DS)