So what exactly do we do?
The IEC provides a global platform and coordinates the work of thousands of experts from 167 countries. These global experts develop the many technical requirements for electrical and electronic components, devices and systems so that they are able to work safely with each other anywhere in the world.
These experts define measurement, testing, interoperability, safety and other essential requirements, which support the growth and advancement of economies and are needed by industry.
Millions of electrical or electronic products and systems in homes, offices, healthcare facilities, factories, public spaces, power generation, transportation, and more, rely on IEC International Standards and Conformity Assessment Systems.
What is a standard?
To put it simply, a standard is an agreed way of doing something; a common solution for a mutual problem. It reflects the expertise and know-how of the often world-renowned experts who developed it. IEC International Standards allow electrotechnical products to work safely with each other, anywhere in the world. For example, MPEG standards enable the sharing, distribution and exchange of content on a whole range of different devices! International Standards also facilitate global trade, making it easier to buy, sell and use products in many markets. A USB stick manufactured in China can be used on a computer bought in Norway. A halogen bulb from Germany can be used in a lamp in Brazil.
What is conformity assessment?
Conformity assessment refers to any activity that helps determine if a product, system or service corresponds to the requirements that are contained in a specification. A specification, often a standard, is a technical description of the characteristics that need to be fulfilled. The activity itself can be executed by an individual, a company or a test laboratory.
Why do we need conformity assessment?
- Governments want to protect their populations from unnecessary risks.
- Insurers want to know that equipment will not cause loss of life or damage.
- Buyers want proof about a product’s or system’s safety, performance and reliability.
- Users of equipment and consumers want to be able to trust the product or service they are purchasing.