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Cooperation between the IEC and CENELEC


The cooperation agreement between the IEC and CENELEC (European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization) ratified in September 1996, and commonly known as the Dresden Agreement, relates to:

  • common planning of new work
  • parallel IEC/CENELEC voting

The object of this agreement is to avoid duplication of efforts, speed up the preparation of standards and to ensure the best use of the resources available and particularly of experts' time. If the results of parallel voting are positive in both the IEC and CENELEC, the IEC will publish the international standard, while the CENELEC Technical Board will ratify the European standard.