Close to four thousand delegates from 173 countries are in Shanghai for the 83rd annual IEC General Meeting. Industry leaders, technology experts, regulators, academics and other stakeholders are meeting to discuss future goals and take stock of IEC standardization and conformity assessment work.
“The IEC is not just a technical organization,” said IEC President James Shannon. “We believe the whole world should be able to benefit from the advancement of technology and we have stayed true to these values ever since the IEC was founded in 1906.”
Mr. Shannon thanked the IEC National Committee of China and Standards Administration of China (SAC) for organizing the 83rd General Meeting in Shanghai in October. He noted that the theme of the 2019 IEC GM was “Better Quality Better Life ― Reliability, Safety, Efficiency”.
Sustainability is a major theme of this year’s meeting with an IEC Advisory Committee on environmental aspects (ACEA) workshop on the circular economy. The ACEA provides guidance to the Standardization Management Board (SMB) on issues related to the environment. The GM is also looking at how IEC work underpins and supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The IEC Young Professionals Programme (YPP) is presenting a series of interactive sessions on topics including artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), getting products onto the global market faster, the standards development process and the systems approach to standards management. Other highlights include a symposium for regulators on medical device equipment, held in collaboration with the International Medical Device Regulator Forum (IMDRF).
The IEC is presenting its Thomas Edison Award to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to IEC work. The awards recognize exceptional achievement, dedicated service and significant contributions to the IEC by officers in IEC technical committees and subcommittees, as well as officers of the conformity assessment systems.
An IEC Academy and Capacity Building Day is focusing on best practices for engaging young and emerging leaders, as well as on building capacity for IEC technical expert groups. Presentations provide examples of what is currently being done at the IEC and around the world.
This will be the last GM for James Shannon as IEC President. Yinbiao Shu of China will succeed Shannon as president for a three-year term, beginning on 1st January 2020. China, this year’s host, formally joined the IEC in 1957 and became a permanent member in 2011.