It will be interesting to see how well the IEC's trial period for a reduced voting time for Committee Draft Voting documents (CDV's) works out over the next year. If the trial procedure is adopted, the ability of an IEC Technical Committee to shorten a CDV voting period from the standard 5 months down to say, 3 or 4, would be a welcome change to the rules under which IEC standards are developed.  This kind of flexibility is especially needed for standards for rapidly changing or emerging technologies such as audio/video equipment, semiconductors and nanotechnology. The IEC SMB should be commended for its forward thinking.

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