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Defining and Encouraging Effective IEC Participation

Defining and Encouraging Effective IEC Participation

This piece was originally published in the December 2016 issue of electroindustry. Ken Gettman, Director, International Standards, NEMA In the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), votes that determine whether a draft document will be published as an IEC standard or other deliverable are submitted by country members. Each country has its own process for determining a position that represents the interests of its industry, users, regulators, and others, but typically a specific Read more […]

Harmonization: Good for Business

Harmonization: Good for Business

This piece was originally published in the October 2016 issue of electroindustry. Danny Abbate, Industry Director, Commercial Products, NEMA Most engineering and business students receive only a cursory introduction to standards and harmonization when studying for their undergraduate degrees. The leaders of tomorrow do not understand why standards and harmonization are important. Simply put, harmonization allows manufacturers to use one standard, for one test, to follow only one set of Read more […]

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 […]