**ISRM welcomed as full member of CEN and CENELEC**
The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) have both decided to grant full membership status to ISRM, the National Standards Body of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. This change will take effect on 1 July 2012, and represents an important step towards the full participation of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYRoM) in the European Single Market.
ISRM has already been cooperating closely with CEN and CENELEC for several years. It has been affiliated to CEN since July 2003, and to CENELEC since March 2005. The application of ISRM to become a full member of CEN and CENELEC was formally accepted by the General Assemblies of both organisations, which met in Albena (Bulgaria) this week.
Following the accession of ISRM, both CEN and CENELEC will have national members in 33 European countries, covering more than 590 million consumers in total. These include all 27 countries of the European Union and three countries of the European Free Trade Association (Iceland, Norway and Switzerland) plus three EU candidate countries (Croatia, Turkey and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia).