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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  • whose National Standards are based on European National Standards that will soon be withdrawn;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.

Worldwide interest in the Eurocodes

The Joint Research Centre collects, assesses and disseminates up-to-date information on the international status of Eurocodes adoption in partnership with relevant Directorates-General of the European Commission, TAIEX , CEN , NSBs and contact points at national level. The JRC Europe Media Monitor (EMM) tool also facilitates the identification of news relevant to the Eurocodes. Information collected by the JRC includes expression of interest on the Eurocodes by third countries, planned and performed dissemination activities, needs and implementation progress in countries of interest.

The status of worldwide interest in the Eurocodes is visualised in the Eurocodes map. The Joint Research Centre has developed the map and is updating it based on the information collected.



Please note that the information presented in the map is given in good faith and JRC’s goal is to keep this information timely and accurate. However, the European Commission and any natural person acting on behalf of this entity accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever with regard to the information presented in the map; the entire risk of its use, its interpretation and fitness for a particular purpose is with the users, irrespective of the accuracy of information provided.

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 CEN/CENELEC Guide 10, 142kB establishes the agreed policy for the distribution and sales of CEN/CENELEC publications. CEN/CENELC Guide 12 CEN/CENELEC Guide 12, 213kB describes the concept of affiliation with CEN and CENELEC and CEN/CENELC Guide 13 CEN/CENELC Guide 13, 531kB presents the concept of a Companion Standardization Body. Lastly, CEN/CENELC Guide 30 CEN/CENELC Guide 13, 531kB is a reference document on Standards and Regulation aimed primarily at public authority policy makers.

Interested National Standardisation Bodies should address CEN:

Gonçalo Ascensão
Account Manager – Digital Solutions – Standardization & Digital Solutions
CEN - European Committee for Standardization
Rue de la Science 23
B-1040 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 550 08 45
M: +32 49 83 15 347
email: Gonçalo Ascensão

Pavlina Karagianni
Project Manager - Manufacturing - Standardization & Digital Solutions
CEN - European Committee for Standardization
Rue de la Science 23
B-1040 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 550 08 29
M: +32 47 87 92 525
email: Pavlina Karagianni

National Authorities should contact the European Commission:

Manfred Fuchs
European Commission
DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Avenue d'Auderghem 45, 1040 Etterbeek
B-1049 Brussels