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European Standards

- the European Committee for standardisation usually referred to as CEN from the French - Comite Europeen de Normalisation. Exists, as the name suggests, to rationalise the various standards that exist across the member states. In many cases they introduce standards which are stricter and less flexible than the equivalent British Standard. The BS is still the standard to adhere to but no doubt the situation will slowly change as we become more european in our outlook, which could, in theory, impact adversely on some areas of conservation, particularly the use of local materials and construction techniques.