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NEMA to Relinquish Secretariat of U.S. National Committee for IECRE-Renewable Energy (USNC/IECRE)

NEMA to Relinquish Secretariat of U.S. National Committee for IECRE-Renewable Energy (USNC/IECRE)

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), which has served as secretariat of the USNC/IECRE and provided administrative support for the activities of the committee since 2014, informed the USNC/IECRE and USNC/IEC Council on August 11, 2016, that it will not seek re-election for a second three (3) year term to begin January 1, 2017.

IEC Conformity Assessment Scheme Declines CNEX-Global as a Recognized IECEx Certification Body

IEC Conformity Assessment Scheme Declines CNEX-Global as a Recognized IECEx Certification Body

A topic which generated a fair amount of discussion at the 2014 IECEx Annual Meeting was a recommendation to approve CNEX-Global B.V., located in Arnhem, Netherlands, as a recognized IECEx Certification Body. CNEX-Global is owned by Nanyang Explosion Protected Electric Apparatus Research Institute Co. Ltd (CNEx) based in Nanyang, China, which also owns CQST, an accepted IECEx testing laboratory for China Quality Mark Certification Group (CQM) located in Nanyang, China.  CNEX-Global, which shares Read more [...]
IEC Pleased to Announce Re-admission of IRAN

IEC Pleased to Announce Re-admission of IRAN

Late Friday, June 20th, Geneva based International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) announced the immediate re-admission of the IEC National Committee of Iran as IEC’s 83rd member.  In its pronouncement, the IEC stated that the re-admission was made possible by the payment of Iran’s outstanding annual membership dues. It remains uncertain if the re-admission applies to IEC’s Conformity Assessment Activity.  The announcement of the initial suspension of Iran was followed by a strongly Read more [...]
OSHA Ignoring Principle of “Equal Treatment” for its NRTL Recognition Program

OSHA Ignoring Principle of “Equal Treatment” for its NRTL Recognition Program

No one disputes that OSHA's Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) Recognition Program for assuring the safety of electrical products used in the workplace performs remarkably well.  When compared to our largest trading partner, the NRTL program, which is based on premarket approval and follow-up factory surveillance, cost less, provides greater national coordination and results in a higher level of assurance than the European model which is based on unfunded post market surveillance, Read more [...]
Knockoff Products – High Cost to Getting Standards and Conformance Wrong

Knockoff Products – High Cost to Getting Standards and Conformance Wrong

It’s likely you have heard the story of the Bionic Wrench.  If not, it was the creation of an industrial designer who had the misfortune of having it picked up by a large retailer.  After a brisk first year of holiday sales, the retailer decides it would design a reasonable knockoff to sell under its own brand name at a lower cost using a foreign manufacturer to produce it, all at the behest of obscure financial analyst.  Fortunately for the retailer, designing knockoffs of existing mechanical Read more [...]
USNC/IEC to meet with Germany’s National Committee to discuss National Conformity Assessment Issues

USNC/IEC to meet with Germany’s National Committee to discuss National Conformity Assessment Issues

A joint meeting between the U.S. National Committee of the IEC (USNC/IEC) and the German National Committee for IEC has been scheduled for March 26-27, 2014 in Frankfurt, German.  The USNC/IEC serves as the focal point for U.S. parties who are interested in the development, promulgation and use of globally-relevant standards for the electotechnical industry. The USNC/IEC is a committee of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).   The purpose of the meeting is to have an in depth Read more [...]
IEC Suspends IRAN

IEC Suspends IRAN

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 Read more [...]
IEC Issues Cautionary Statement on Iranian Sanctions

IEC Issues Cautionary Statement on Iranian Sanctions

Following the conclusion of a visit by a large French business delegation to Iran, aimed at reviving economic ties, Geneva based International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) issued a strongly worded cautionary statement to countries participating in its Conformity Assessments Systems. IEC General Secretary & CEO, F.W.P. Vreeswijk, warned that it’s the responsibility of the member body in each participating country in the establishment of the national rules implementing any one of IEC’s Read more [...]
Return of Quebec’s Linguistic Roadblocks

Return of Quebec’s Linguistic Roadblocks

A resurgence of Quebec’s minority government, the Parti Québéco, has resurrected French only language restrictions to a level which has not been seen since the 1980s.  Approval organizations are advising their customers to review the wordings in their labels to comply with Canadian laws and regulations and to seek advice from Canadian legal counsel as to what language(s) is/are required for a specific product.  So far there are no reported instances of manufacturers Read more [...]
IECEE-CB Scheme Suspends Brazil for Infringement

IECEE-CB Scheme Suspends Brazil for Infringement

The Brazilian Committee of Electricity, Electronics, Lighting and Telecommunication (COBEI) is temporally suspended from the IECEE CB Scheme.  The suspension includes Brazil’s national certification bodies—TÜV Rheinland do Brasil Ltda, Division UCIEE and NCC Certificações do Brasil; and associated testing laboratories.  In reporting the incident to IECEE Members, the IECEE Executive Secretary, Mr. Pierre de Ruvo, stated that the basis for suspension was for Read more [...]