The IEC provides a global platform where thousands of experts from around the world are able to cooperate to develop the International Standards or conformity assessment services that are needed by industry, regulators and policy makers, testing or research laboratories, academia, investors or insurers.
Each IEC International Standard represents a global consensus of state-of-the art know-how and expertise. They incorporate the needs of stakeholders of all participating nations. Every member country represented through the IEC National Committee has one vote and a say in what goes into an IEC International Standard.
Making electrotechnology work…for everyone
IEC work provides the foundation that allows industry to build and put in place the components, devices and systems our economies need to function efficiently. With them we are able to cool and process food, facilitate daily chores such as laundry or cleaning, and study, work or have fun after dark. Thanks to this work, doctors are able to safely monitor our health, use medical devices to treat our ailments and conduct complex interventions through the night. Municipalities are able to light public spaces and streets, increasing our safety and well-being.
There is not a single aspect of our lives that is not impacted by electricity, and IEC work helps keep the power on. Read on.
Home of Industry
Markets are becoming more and more interdependent. Electrical and electronic devices and components represent a large percentage of goods traded globally and they generally transit through many countries before they are assembled and finally consumed. Today, these goods are no longer “made in a country”; they are “made in the world”.
Ultimately all parts that are used to build a product need to fit and work safely together. Harmonized rules such as those incorporated in IEC International Standards allow countries and industries to participate more effectively in these global value chains. Read on.
The IEC is a global community in which nearly 20 000 experts work. The dynamism of this community is highlighted through the work done by these experts every day. The experts understand how equipment should be designed, produced, operated, installed, maintained and overhauled and introduce that knowledge into IEC International Standards. Each expert represents a member country whose needs are taken into account through the IEC National Committee. Read on.
Millions of devices that contain electronics, and use or produce electricity, rely on IEC International Standards and Conformity Assessment Systems to perform, fit and work safely together. The IEC provides a platform to companies, industries and governments for meeting, discussing and developing the International Standards they require. Read on.
Conformity assessment refers to any activity that determines whether a product, system or service corresponds to the requirements contained in a specification. A specification, often a standard, is a technical description of the characteristics a product, service or object is required to fulfill. Read on.