This piece was originally published in the September/October 2019 issue of electroindustry.
NEMA Industry Director Steve Griffith was recently appointed as a U.S. Member of the IEC Certification Management Committee Working Group 31 “Cyber Security” and Working Group 32 “Functional Safety” for the IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components.
Working Group 31 focuses on developing a unique approach for conformity assessment to the IEC 62443 series of international Standards while Working Group 32 defines market-relevant solutions and services related to functional safety in the IEC Certification Body Scheme. The IEC Certification Body Scheme is a multilateral agreement to allow international certification of electrical and electronic products so that a single certification allows worldwide market access. As NEMA Member companies sell their products and systems worldwide, a single certification program is extremely advantageous to maintaining market relevance. More information on the IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes can be found at www.iecee.org. ei