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    International Trade Administration Standards Initiative
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Market-Specific Information - European Union

Regional Standards Bodies of the European Union

The European Committee for Standardization (CEN)
Avenue Marnix 17
B-1000 Brussels
Tel: + 32 2 550 08 11
Fax: + 32 2 550 08 19

The European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC)
Avenue Marnix 17
B-1000 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 519 68 71
Fax: +32 2 519 69 19

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI)
650, Route des Lucioles
06921 Sophia-Antipolis Cedex
Tel.:  +33 (0)4 92 94 42 00 
Fax:  +33 (0)4 93 65 47 16

Additional Resources:

U.S. Commercial Service in European Union
Provides additional information on
doing business in the European Union.

Doing Business in the European Union: 2012 Country Commercial Guide for U.S. Companies

An excerpt from U.S. Commercial Service's 2012 Country Commercial Guide providing an overview of the European Union's standards and conformity assessment activities.

Frequently Asked Questions about E.U. RoHS Recast (November 16, 2011)

(Containing a Country-Specific Report on the European Union and its Member States)

On March 31, 2010, United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk transmitted to Congress a new report on key technical barriers to trade that hinder or block American exports around the world. In a speech to Pennsylvania steelworkers in 2009, Ambassador Kirk promised to deliver this report and another on sanitary and phytosanitary barriers to American exports as part of the Obama Administration's effort to sharpen its enforcement of American trade rights and to grow well-paying jobs here at home.

Interested in being notified and commenting on European Union's proposed foreign technical regulations that can impact your access to European Union's market?

Member countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are required under the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement) to report to the WTO all proposed technical regulations that could affect trade with other Member countries. Notify U.S. is a free, web-based e-mail subscription service that offers an opportunity to review and comment on proposed foreign technical regulations that can affect your access to international markets.  You can modify the subscription to include specific markets and industries.  Register online at Internet URL: http://www.nist.gov/notifyus/