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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 [...]
Expanded Redlined IEC standards a welcome improvement

Expanded Redlined IEC standards a welcome improvement

IEC’s decision to publish more redline versions of its standards – standards that show where changes from the previous release have taken place – should be a very welcome move for users of IEC publications who rely on knowing what amendments have taken place to current editions. Redlining is a much more manageable way to track changes in a standard than having to deal with a separate amendment publication that presents amendments in the form of instructions, such as “replace” Read more [...]
Does China Deserve to be an IEC Group A member?

Does China Deserve to be an IEC Group A member?

In the world of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) there are several categories of membership for the countries that participate in that international standards body.  Full members are those National Committees that have access to all technical and managerial activities and functions, at all levels of the IEC, including voting rights in the IEC Council.  There are also Associate members and affiliate members.  Within the Full Member category, there is an additional Read more [...]
Proposed New TC 118 for Printed Electronics cause for concern

Proposed New TC 118 for Printed Electronics cause for concern

National Committees to the IEC should give very careful thought on whether or not to support the formation of a new separate TC 118 for printed electronics, now that the question has been presented for a 4-month National Committee vote. With limited technical expert resources available around the world, the IEC should also consider the development of standards for printed electronics within existing relevant IEC technical committees (such as IEC TC’s 91 and 113).  Liaisons with Read more [...]
IEC Pilot for Reduced CDV Voting Period a Good Call

IEC Pilot for Reduced CDV Voting Period a Good Call

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 Read more [...]
What will it take?

What will it take?

Standards developed under the umbrella of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) facilitate international trade and enable manufacturers to maintain a single product for world market access.  Many governments adopt IEC standards as their own and may even include them in their regulatory structure to help ensure the safety of their country's populace and property on the basis that compliance with the requirements establishes playing field on which producers must compete Read more [...]