Heribert Schorn has been nominated Chair of IEC Technical Committee 42, which prepares standards for high-voltage and high-current test techniques, until July 2026. He will begin his tenure in August.
A graduate in electrical engineering from Aachen Technical University (RWTH Aachen), Schorn is a technical and managing director at the Institute for International Product Safety GMBH. He has extensive standardization experience at the IEC, having participated in a wide number of working groups inside IEC TC 42. He has notably worked on the IEC 61803 series of standards which deal with instruments and software used for measurements for high-voltage and high-current testing. He was also the Convenor of the group which develops and maintains IEC 61180 on high-voltage test techniques for low-voltage equipment.
He has also taken part in IEC TC 109 which standardizes insulation coordination for low-voltage equipment, as well as in IEC 121A which develops standards for low-voltage switchgear and controlgear. Schorn is also majorly involved in German standardization activities, including inside the DKE German mirror committee for IEC TC 42, K 124, where he is Deputy-Chair. He also takes part in several conformity assessment bodies, including the DKE mirror committee to the IEC Conformity Assessment Board (CAB).
He has been rewarded twice for his work inside the IEC. He received the IEC 1906 award for his efforts inside IEC TC 42 and the Thomas Edison Award for his activities relating to CAB.
“The standardization work inside IEC TCs, subcommittees, working groups provides experts from all over the world with a forum for sharing ideas and information, discussing consensus-based technical requirements and defining methods and procedures to be applied globally,” says Schorn.