As we end Quarter 3 in 2020 our global situation remains very uncertain and many of us remain anxious for family and friends. It is almost impossible to plan for the future in the way we all have done in the past and for many of us priorities have changed and things once held important take on a new significance.
Members will be aware that it has not been possible to hold our annual REMC Meeting as planned this year as a face to face meeting. However, plans are well advanced for our first remote management meeting. I’m sure we will all miss the social interaction that comes through meeting face to face and where many topics are discussed and mulled over in the pleasant surroundings provided by our host. In looking forward let us all hope that we will soon have the current pandemic under some form of control and that we may be able to meet face to face in 2021.
In preparing for our remote REMC on 1st and 2nd December I’d like to express my thanks to all our Convenors for their timely submission of their reports and to Tara and the team in Geneva for ensuring we all have the relevant papers for the meeting.
I’d especially like to thank Frank Ormel for his preparation in the Wind Sector. It is unlikely that Frank will be able join us remotely in December so we wish Frank good health as he takes some time out in the coming weeks.
I’m pleased to report that Weiping Pan will be managing the Wind Sector activity in Frank’s absence and I’m sure Members will support Weiping as they have done with Frank.
We have planned a very full agenda, but only have limited time available so I would request that members remember this during our online sessions.
I am especially looking forward to the reports on the updating of our rules and procedures and also our finance position as we seek to develop our System as financially stable and viable with rules and guidance appropriate to our new structure.
Members will no doubt have their own particular areas of interest but I would like to draw attention to one where there has perhaps been some legitimate concern and perhaps misunderstanding.
Member Bodies are currently being asked to approve the establishing of a Task Force to address how we deal with Accreditation in our System and I would urge you to support that. Our CA Systems are based on the principle of Peer Assessment and whilst accreditation can aid that process, we cannot have it as a mandatory requirement or indeed the only way to demonstrate compliance. It is not the intention of the System or indeed the Task Force to negate the excellent work provided through accreditation or the ISO/IEC 17000 series of Standards which under pin much of what we do operationally, but to determine how we should best comply where there is no accreditation.
I have had the pleasure of further engagement with CAB through Task Forces and Ad hoc Groups and will be pleased to share my observations on this work which may not be visible to Members.
Again I’d like to also draw member’s attention to many of the articles, tweets and blogs issued on our behalf from IEC Communications and also a number of members who have been promoting the System at a number of events over the last 9 months or so. I would encourage us all to make our colleagues, associates and clients aware of the System and the benefits an IECRE Conformity Assessment deliverable brings.
Finally, can I again conclude this update with my thanks to IEC Central Office for their continued support and especially as we prepare for this year’s remote REMC Meeting.
I have now been in post as your Chair for just over 9 months and regrettably have not been able to meet as many of you as I would have wished, however my email and phone are both happy to receive comments and observations from members and criticism too where you think I can do better – so please make contact.
In closing may I share a quote from Dwight d Einsehower that struck me recently ………
‘Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it……….’
I wish you all good health and continued safety in these most unusual of times.
Alistair Mackinnon, Chair, IECRE