Standards developed by ETSI or ITS are available as public documents that specify the procedures and guidelines one should follow. The standards aim to ensure that products, services, and systems are safe, reliable, and interoperable and can coexist with other products, services, and systems. You can read more about ETSI’s role and current standards for the information and telecommunication industry on this page.



ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) was founded in 1988 on the initiative of the European Commission and is an independent standardization body for information and telecommunication in Europe. They help support European regulations and legislation by creating harmonized European standards.

With its headquarters in Sophia Antipolis in France, the organization has more than 900 member organizations today from almost 60 countries across five continents. The members and the organization itself consist of, for example, network operators, service providers, administrators, manufacturers, research bodies, and users.

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Standards and ITS documents

ETSI works with developing standards that cover topics such as, for example, radio technology, cyber security, energy efficiency, and consumer products and services. The standards are divided into three different categories: international, regional, and national.

At ITS, we produce technical reports and application guides for these standards and translate and establish selected ETSI standards.

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European standard (EN)

This standard type is used for documents that need to meet specific European needs and might require transposition into national standards. A European standard can also be used when a standardization request from the European Commission (EC) or the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) requires that a document is drafted.

When an EN is drafted, the work is carried out by a technical committee within ETSI. Once it’s done, it’s approved by ETSI’s European National Standards Organizations – for example, ITS in Sweden.


Harmonised standards

Harmonized Standards are a type of European Standard. What differentiates them from other EN standards is that they have a special status and are produced in response to standardization requests from the European Union. They contain the technical details necessary to achieve the “essential requirements” of an EU directive. In other words, they’re key enablers of the Europen Single Market.

ETSI has produced and continues to produce numerous Harmonized Standards for the Radio Equipment Directive (RED).


ETSI guide (EG)

The guide is approved by ETSI’s members and is used for general guidance regarding the management of specific technical standardization activities.

ETSI Technical solution (TS)

ETSI Technical Solution is used when the document contains technical requirements and needs to be easily accessible for quick use. A TS is approved by the technical committee that prepared it.

ETSI Technical Report (TR)

The technical report is used when a document contains explanatory material. Just like with the TS, the technical report is approved by the technical committee that prepared it.

Here you can find standards and documents from ETSI
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ETSI standards are free and are available as downloadable PDFs on ETSI’s website.

Are you looking for a specific European Standard but are unsure which organization produced it? You can search for standards for free on Elstandard and SIS websites. Just keep in mind that you may have to pay to access CENELEC and CEN standards, searching is free of charge, of course.

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