EN

EN is the abbreviation for EuroNorm (European Standard). ‘EuroNorms’ are the documented, non-binding agreements consisting of important criteria for goods, services and processes. They are helpful for goods and services to be suitable for their purpose, comparable with each other and inter-compatible. The same goes for ‘EuroNorm’, which, on top of this, needs to be approved by a European standardisation organisation and it has to be made public.

Harmonised standards

Standards are very useful with the formation of the internal market since they are the basis of the so-called 'new approach'-guidelines. All essential requirements which products have to meet in order to be allowed to be put on the market in the complete European Union, are registered in this European legislation. The ‘new approach'-guidelines are special, for they do consist of general safety requirements instead of technical details. The manufacturers have to interpret these general ‘essential’ requirements in a technical way for their products. One of the best ways to do so, is to apply the European standards, specifically set up to serve this purpose. These standards are called ‘harmonised standards’. If they are applied, a ‘presumption of conformity’ with the guideline they were set up for, occurs.

Standardisation organisations

There are three European standardisation organisations that set up the European standards:

  • the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) which covers all industries except for the electrotechnology and telecommunication;
  • the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation (Cenelec) which covers the standards for electrotechnology;
  • the European Telecommunication Standards Institute (ETSI), which sets up the standards for telecommunication and several aspects of the distribution for radio and television.


  • EN 120 (Wood based panels - Determination of formaldehyde content - Extraction method called the perforator method)
  • EN 527 (Office furniture - Work tables and desks)
  • EN 1047-1 (Secure storage units - Requirements, classification and methods of test for resistance to fire - Part 1: Data cabinets and diskette inserts)
  • EN 1143-1 (Secure storage units - Requirements, classification and methods of test for resistance to burglary - Part 1: Safes, ATM Safes, strongroom doors and strongrooms)
  • EN 1335 (Office furniture - Office work chair)
  • EN 12464-1 (Light and lighting - Lighting of work places - Part 1: Indoor work places)
  • EN 12529 (Castors and wheels - Castors for furniture - Castors for swivel chairs - Requirements)
  • EN 13761 (Office furniture - Visitor chairs)
  • EN 14073 (Office furniture - Storage furniture)
  • EN 14074 (Office furniture - Tables and desks and storage furniture - Test methods for the determination of strenght and durability of moving parts)
  • EN 14434 (Writing boards for educational institutions - Ergonomic, technical and safety requirements and their test methods)
  • EN 14450 (Secure storage units - Requirements, classification and methods of test for resistance to burglary: Secure safe cabinets)
  • EN 14703 (Furniture - Links for non-domestic seating linked together in a row)
  • EN 15659 (Secure storage units - Classification and methods of test for resistance to fire - Light fire storage units)
  • EN 15713 (Secure destruction of confidential material - Code of practice)

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