Acting as a focal point for the development of standardisation related
solutions, CEN/ISSS offers a platform uniquely combining sensitivity to market
requirements with the neutrality assured by formal standards bodies.
Its main activities are open workshops, attracting a broad participation of market
players, where consensus agreements are developed to meet a range of ICT issues. It also
has responsibility for the formal standards-making CEN Technical Committees working in the
ICT area and producing European Standards.
Among the workshops are many that focus on sector-specific aspects of electronic
commerce. These often operate in parallel to pilot implementation projects initiated as
research and development projects. In addition, CEN/ISSS runs an electronic commerce
awareness campaign, highlighting standardisation issues for SMEs and providing best
practice guidelines. CEN/ISSS is also active in areas where self-regulation is a feature,
such as electronic signatures, data protection and copyright.
Workshop outputs are published as CEN Workshop Agreements (CWAs), which can be
technical specifications, guidance material, best practices, codes of good conduct, etc.