Vincent Laflèche is re-elected for a second term as president of the CEN, the European body responsible for coordinating the creation of voluntary standards in all areas, except electrotechnology. He has also been Director of ParisTech Mines since October 2016.
Brexit, new approach, innovation, IT
Four main issues will punctuate his mandate, from January1,2020 to December 21, 2021. In addition to managing the consequences of Brexit, Vincent Laflèche will focus on preserving the system of the new approach, a mechanism at work since 1985 to cultivate a better complementarity of roles between European directives, which set essential requirements for the marketing of products, and voluntary standards, developed by standards bodies, which propose ways to achieve these objectives. An approach for which Afnor is actively actively campaigning in France.
The third challenge of Vincent Laflèche's mandate will be to follow the innovation, research and standardization plan that he coordinated and which was approved at the same CEN General Assembly. Finally, it will commit itself to further facilitating the involvement of experts (companies, administrations, consumer associations, federations, etc.) by promoting the use of common IT systems shared by national standards bodies, ISO, IEC and CEN-CENELEC.
Vincent Laflèche's journey
After graduating from the École Polytechnique and then the École des Mines in Paris in 1987, Vincent Laflèche began his career at the Ministry of the Environment, where he worked for 6 years, including 3 as director in the directorate of pollution and risk prevention. For the next 5 years, he was managing director and then director of the environmental consulting firm ECOBILAN Italia.
From 2003 to 2013, Vincent Laflèche was Deputy Director General and then Director General of the National Institute of Industrial Environment and Risk (INERIS). At the same time, he joined the French standardization system as chairman of the "risk assessment" standardization commission (2006-2007) and then as a member of the board of directors of AFNOR (2012-2013). In 2011, he also became chairman of AFNOR's "environment and social responsibility" strategic committee. This structure is responsible for the standardization strategy on its perimeter as well as the coordination of the work of some 100 French standards commissions.
From 2013 to September 2016, Vincent Laflèche was President and CEO of the French National Geological Service, the BRGM (Bureau of Geological and Mining Research). He was elected president of the CEN in the summer of 2015 and became president-elect in 2016. He has also been Director of ParisTech Mines since October 2016.
The CEN in a nutshell
Established in 1961, the CEN has 34 members, including the national standards bodies of the 28 countries of the European Union, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA, which includes Iceland, Norway or Switzerland) and two EU candidate countries (Turkey and Macedonia). France is the second largest contributor to the CEN.
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