International Standards and public policy often share similar objectives – for example, enhancing economic competitiveness and efficiency, and facilitating international trade. It follows then that International Standards are useful tools for policy makers.
New IEC and ISO brochure for policy makers
IEC and ISO have launched a new brochure to make their portfolio of International Standards more visible to policy makers and ensure that their standards address regulators and policy makers’ needs.
The voluntary International Standards developed IEC and ISO don’t seek to establish or motivate public policy, regulations, social or political agendas, however they can provide valuable support to the implementation of public policy.
The new brochure Using and referencing ISO and IEC standards to support public policy can help public policy makers understand and achieve the benefits of using IEC and ISO International Standards in their initiatives. It also aims to encourage dialogue between standards development organizations and those shaping public policy.
Rural electrification: a practical example
In December 2013, the Global Conference on Rural Energy Access organized by United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), in collaboration with UN-Energy, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and UN SE4ALL in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, recommended that “Technical standards for energy service delivery and energy systems appropriate for rural areas be developed to ensure quality and efficiency .”
The IEC is providing access to IEC Technical Specification 62257 series, including IEC TS 62257-9-5, a publication on a selection of stand-alone lighting kits for rural electrification. This highlights how IEC commitment to support the SE4ALL initiative can facilitate access to sustainable energy standards for various stakeholders in developing countries.
The brochure Using and referencing ISO and IEC standards to support public policy can be downloaded here.This post is based on an IEC e-tech article, which you can read in full here.