Geneva based International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) announced the immediate suspension of the IEC National Committee of Iran. The suspension applies to the Institute of Standards & Industrial Research of Iran (ISIRI) which participates in IEC’s Conformity Assessment Systems. Iran is the second country to have been suspended by IECEE.
The suspension was followed by a strongly worded cautionary statement issued to all IEC member bodies participating in its Conformity Assessments Systems. The statement by IEC General Secretary & CEO, F.W.P. Vreeswijk, warned members that it does not track sanctions imposed by the United Nations on any country, or by one country on another. This is the responsibility of those doing business in sanctioned countries. The IEC General Secretary further cautioned that one should be familiar with the terms of any sanctions implemented by any country where one’s organization is based, has offices, or does business with to see whether they affect one’s activities as a member of any of the IEC CA Systems.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) which provides administrative support to the U.S. National Committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission (USNC/IECEE), the U.S. Member Body of the IEC, is reviewing the IEC General Secretary’s statement and will be advising the U.S. National Committee of the IECEE, IECEx and IECEQ . Of concern is the participation by U.S. Delegates in the management committees of the IEC’s Conformity Assessment Systems which may include representation from sanctioned countries.