CEN (European Committee for Standardization) was founded in 1961 by the national standards bodies in the European Economic Community and EFTA countries. CEN contributes to the objectives of the European Union and European Economic Area with voluntary standards which promote free trade, the safety of workers and consumers, interoperability of networks, environmental protection, exploitation of research and development programs and public procurement.
The subject of e-health was given particular importance in the eEurope 2005 Action Plan. A short term CEN/ISSS Focus Group has been formed to launch an investigation into standards requirements in the area of e-health.
Technical Committee 251 (TC251) focuses on the health informatics field and comprises the following working groups:
- Information models (CEN/TC 251/WG1)
- Terminology and knowledge representation (CEN/TC 251/WG2)
- Security, safety and quality (CEN/TC 251/WG3)
- Technology for interoperability (CEN/TC 251/WG4)