Use of EN Eurocodes outside EU-EFTA
There is a considerable interest in the use of EN Eurocodes outside EU by countries:
- whose National Standards are based on European National Standards that will soon be withdrawn;
- who want to update their National Standards based on technically advanced codes;
- who are interested in trading with the European Union and EFTA Member States.
The EN Eurocodes may be used for the above purposes, because they are:
- a complete set of design standards that cover in a comprehensive manner all principal construction materials, all major fields of structural engineering and a wide range of types of structures and products […];
- the most up-to-date codes of practice;
- flexible, offering the possibility for each country to adapt the Eurocodes to their specific conditions regarding climate, seismic risk, traditions, etc. through the Nationally Determined Parameters. Nationally Determined Parameters can also be adapted to the national approach and setup regarding risk and safety factors.
CEN guidelines for the dissemination of EN standards
CEN and its members own the copyright exploitation rights of all CEN deliverables. A clear distinction is made within the CEN rules between two types of use:
- adoption of ENs as National Standards of the country concerned (and the withdrawal of any other National Standards that conflict with them), or
- publication of the ENs without adoption.
CEN supports any actions aimed at disseminating the results of its work and encourages the adoption of European Standards as National Standards in countries outside the CEN area. All use of European Standards is subject to an agreement signed by CEN and the country that wishes to use the standards. CEN/CENELEC Guide 10 establishes the agreed policy for the distribution and sales of CEN/CENELEC publications.
Interested parties (National Standards Bodies, …) should address CEN:
Programme Manager – Industry, Technology & Infrastructure – Standards
CEN - European Committee for Standardization
Avenue Marnix 17
Tel: +32 25 50 08 45
Fax: +32 25 50 08 19
National Authorities should contact the European Commission:
Enterprise & Industry DG
Construction, pressure equipment, metrology