Areas and technical committees of involvement

All of the products and services we buy and use in our everyday lives have to meet certain standards of safety and quality. In Europe, these standards are developed and agreed by the three officially recognized European Standardization Organizations: the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).

Together, CEN and CENELEC provide a platform for the development of European Standards and other technical specifications across a wide range of sectors. A quarterly report on the CEN and CENELEC activities is presented in ‘CEN and CENELEC in figures’, which include the standards publication.

While a number of standards affect workers and working conditions to varying degrees, the effectiveness of trade union participation requires a selection of the most relevant topics and corresponding Technical Bodies. Following consultation of ETUC affiliates, the ETUC has selected to participate in those standardisation fields which directly affect workers. 


List of the selected Technical Committees in which the ETUC participates:

Topic and Technical Committees

Protective clothing (CEN/TC 162)

Maintenance services (CEN/TC 319) 

Facility Management services (CEN/TC 348) 

Cabin air quality on civil aircraft (CEN/TC 436)  

Private security services (CEN TC 439) 

“Horizontal standards for the provision of services” (CEN/TC 447) 

"Quality of care for elderly people" (CEN/TC 449)  (finished)

Minimum requirements of patient involvement in person-centred care” (CEN/TC 450)  (Finished)

EC Multi-Stakeholder Platform on ICT 

Material efficiency (CEN-CLC/TC 10)

European Quality Framework for Internships (CEN/WS 95) Finished)

CEN Workshop 'Future of social responsibility'

General ergonomics principles (ISO/TC 159/SC 1)

Human Resources Management (ISO/TC 260) 

  • WG2 ‘Metrics’: Rolf Jaeger
  • WG 4 ‘Workforce & Time allocation’: Rolf Jaeger 
  • WG9 ‘Employee engagement’: Anette Andersson 
  • WG10 ‘Learning & Development’: Kirsi Kekki 
  • WG11 ‘Compensation systems’ (only monitoring by ETUC Secretariat)

Occupational health and safety management (ISO/TC 283)

  • WG 2 ‘Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace’
  • WG 3 ‘Implementation’
  • WG 5 ‘Pandemic’
  • WG X – Revision of ISO 45001

Governance of organisations (ISO/TC 309) (Almost finished)

  • WG 3 ‘Whistleblowing’

Healthcare organisation management (ISO/TC 304)

Ageing Societies (ISO/TC 314) 

  • WG 1 ‘Ageing Workforce’

ISO/TC 324 ‘Sharing Economy’ 

  • WG 2 ‘Trustworthiness and safety requirements for digital platforms’

CEN Focus Group on Artificial Intelligence

Potential new work items/Technical Committees in 2021

Proposed new Technical Committee ‘Social Responsibility’ – ISO 26000

ISO/TC 267 ‘Facility management’ (EN ISO 41017 ‘Guide on emergency management of epidemic prevention in the workplace’)

CEN & CENELEC Steering Group on UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

CEN/TC XXX “Climate Change