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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 [...]
AWG Wire Sizing System goes Global

AWG Wire Sizing System goes Global

On September 29th 2009 the IEC published IEC/TR 62602 Conductors of insulated cables - Data for AWG and KCMIL sizes.     The informative publication completed the first of several stages in a process initiated by NEMA members to ultimately produce a normative IEC standard for both metric based and N. American sized conductors.   A good reason to celebrate this important achievement is that it may now be referenced in other international normative documents, thereby Read more [...]