European standards contribute to improving safety, improving quality, facilitating cross-border trade and strengthening the European internal market. They are developed through a process of cooperation between experts appointed by business and industry, research institutes, consumer and environmental organisations, trade unions and other stakeholders. CEN is committed to promoting the international harmonization of standards through technical cooperation agreements with ISO (International Organization for Standardization). 1.6 The formal launch of the workshop will take place at the kick-off meeting, subject to sufficient support for the workshop project plan. In the absence of an agreement, the organization of a new meeting with the applicants will be considered. 1.8 The Chair shall decide on the date on which agreement will be reached among the participants registered at the ESC on the final text of the CWA. From January 2017, interested national and regional standardisation bodies outside Europe have the following formal models of cooperation: 1.7 CES participants design the CWA(s) in accordance with the project plan. The CWA project is made available to CEN/WS registered participants for their opinion. In order to ensure transparency, SS documents must be uploaded to an electronic platform.

Where the CWA is in the same field as an existing CEN/CENELEC technical body, the CWA draft shall be transmitted to the workshop participants for advice to that technical body together with the notification. If this is provided for in the project plan and, in any case, when the CWA project covers security aspects, an open commenting phase (at least 60 days) is initiated. These documents are then transmitted to CCMC by CEN-CENELEC (national) for further processing. NOTE: The project plan should clearly indicate the number of CWA that the workshop (WS) intends to develop. 1.3 The draft project plan and the self-assessment will be submitted to the CEN Technical Advisory Committee: in view of the evolving situation of the coronavirus outbreak in Europe, the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) has drawn up, at the urgent request of the European Commission, a new CEN workshop agreement on facial coverings in the Community, which is now made available free of charge. Participation in the kick-off meeting does not automatically guarantee registration for the WS. After kick-off, participants who wish to continue contributing to the development of AAS projects are invited to officially register with the WS by signing a specific registration form. Elena Santiago Cid, Director General of CEN and CENELEC, commented: “Our continued aim is to limit the fragmentation of the internal market and this new CWA is further proof of how European standardisation creates European consumer confidence and facilitates trade within the EU.” 1.4 CCMC announces the proposal for a new CEN/WS on the CEN website (or in the case of a CEN-CENELEC WS) for at least 30 days.

Among the information published on the site is: This page describes the elements and measures necessary for the development and elaboration of a CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA). . . .