Affiliate Programme goes from strength to strength
PSI (Palestine Standards Institution) joined the IEC Affiliate Country Programme. This brought the number of participating countries to 83. At the end of the year, the number of IEC International Standards adopted nationally has risen to 2 800. Thirty of the participating countries have adopted IEC Standards.
Affiliate Plus status
In August 2009 the IEC Affiliate Country Programme announced that the IEC had created a new category of participation for those developing countries that are already using the Programme to its fullest extent: Affiliate Plus. To qualify, countries need to have shown through the adoption of at least 50 IEC International Standards as their own national standards that they are intent on becoming an active participant in the world of international standardization. They also need to have established their own NEC (National Electrotechnical Committee). NECs are expected to show a balanced membership made up of representatives from both the private and the public sectors of the country following the spirit of the IEC.
In addition to offering 400 copies of IEC International Standards for national adoption as opposed to the 200 normally granted by the Programme, "Affiliate Plus" status opens up the possibilitiy for a country to receive special support and mentoring on a case-by-case basis to enable it to participate more fully in IEC technical work.
Six countries were granted Affiliate Plus status in 2009: Ghana, Guyana, Jordan, Lao PDR, Lebanon and Uganda.
IEC Affiliate Leader Carlos Rodriguez continued to support the programme by attending the IEC’s 73rd General Meeting in Tel Aviv in October. Executive Director of the Instituto de Normas Técnicas de Costa Rica, he submitted reports about the Programme to the IEC Standardization Management Board and to the Conformity Assessment Board and delivered an update about the Affiliates' participation.