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Graphene Standards Accelerate Innovation and Commercialization

Graphene Standards Accelerate Innovation and Commercialization

This piece was originally published in the August 2016 issue of electroindustry. Mike Leibowitz, Program Manager, NEMA, and secretary of the U.S. National Committee Technical Advisory Group to IEC TC 113 Graphene, a single layer of carbon one atom thick, has emerged as a value-added material enhancing the performance of next-generation products, including photovoltaic cells, energy storage, touch screens, and supercapacitors. The availability and use of standards for characterization, Read more [...]
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.

COPANT Focuses on Trade Facilitation while Debating IEC’s Master Plan

COPANT Focuses on Trade Facilitation while Debating IEC’s Master Plan

This piece was originally published in the June 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. Joel Solis, Conformity Assessment Manager for Technical Policy, NEMA The Pan American Standards Council (COPANT) held its annual general assembly in April in Guayaquil, Ecuador. César Díaz Guevara, executive director of the Ecuadorian Service Standards (INEN), welcomed the 80 delegates and attendees, including European, Australian, and first-time, large Japanese contingents. Mr. Díaz Read more [...]
Moving into the 21st Century

Moving into the 21st Century

How Did We Get Here?: A Brief History of NEMA, Part Three In 1977, NEMA moved from New York City to Washington, D.C., a change that reflected the association’s strong interest in the connections between business and politics. Consulting relationships with federal government agencies, especially the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, became stronger. NEMA worked closely with the FTC to develop regulations that would favor U.S. technical standards over Read more [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]