After its move to new premises at the end of 2008, IEC APRC, the IEC Regional Centre for the Asia-Pacific region, doubled its staff in 2009. A Technical Officer, an Editor and an Administrative Assistant, joined the Singapore team headed by Dennis Chew, Officer-in-Charge. As of November, IEC-APRC was responsible for 54 Technical Committees and Subcommittees.
Throughout the year, Dennis Chew visited IEC National Committees and Affiliates in the region, facilitated the organization of the IEC 61508 training sessions on functional safety in Korea and Singapore, and participated in the JISC/IEC/APSG HRD Regional Seminar on energy efficiency in Vietnam.
Second IEC/CIGRE UHV Symposium
In January, the world's experts on UHV (Ultra High Voltage) convened at a symposium in New Delhi, India, the second of its kind, which provided an opportunity to discuss the progress made since the first symposium, held in Beijing, China, in July 2007. That event had helped put into place the conditions for the standardization of some of the world's UHV projects – notably in China, India and Brazil, where there is an urgent need for moving large amounts of power across huge land masses, using a technology that is still very much in the development stage.
14th meeting of the IEC Asia-Pacific Steering Group
The IEC APSG (Asia-Pacific Steering Group) is a group of Members who meet informally to share their efforts to promote the IEC in their respective countries. The 14th meeting was held in Tel Aviv, Israel on 20 October 2009 in the context of the IEC 73rd General Meeting and was attended by representatives from more than 10 countries, some of whom were there for the first time. It was an opportunity for Members to find out about developments in the different parts of the Asia-Pacific area. Dennis Chew presented the future promotional activities to be undertaken by IEC-APRC, the trainings for TC and SC officers and the meetings of WGs (Working Groups) and MTs (Maintenance Teams) in the region.
The IEC regularly briefs the ASEAN
grouping of 10 countries on its
International Standardization and
Conformity Assessment activities
IECEx and IECQ at ASEAN meeting in Singapore
Chris Agius, Executive Secretary of the IECEx and IECQ, made a presentation at the 33rd ACCSQ (ASEAN Consultative Committee on Standards and Quality) meeting, held in March in Singapore. ASEAN is the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Agius explained the many benefits of the two IEC Conformity Assessment Systems for which he is responsible and which provide independent certification bodies and testing laboratories with a solid basis for testing and approving against IEC International Standards. The third IEC CA System is the IECEE, the IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components.
The APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Conference on Business Engagement in Standards and Conformance was held in August in Singapore. The conference consisted of seven main sessions moderated by specialists from industry, trade and government bodies. Speakers came from similarly varied backgrounds and included representatives from the United States of America, Asia, Australia and South America, as well as international bodies including the IEC and ISO (International Organization for Standardization). Dennis Chew gave a presentation during the session on "Perspectives from Standards Bodies engaging business in standardization". Chew also presented the first interviews – with Schneider Electric CEO Jean-Pascal Tricoire and UL President and CEO Keith Williams – that are part of IEC Global Visions series of videos. It was the first public showing of the interviews.
The IEC and IECEE were represented, as in previous years, at the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Seminar on Understanding and Implementing the APEC EE MRA (Electrical and Electronic Mutual Recognition Arrangement) in May in Singapore. IECEE Executive Secretary Pierre de Ruvo gave a complete overview of the system and updated participants on IECEE CB and CB-FCS activities and developments, explaining how they can help facilitate APEC's goal of free and open trade. De Ruvo introduced a new topic, counterfeit, in his presentation. He talked about its negative impact and how the IECEE is working with Interpol (International Criminal Police Organization) to fight counterfeiting of electrical and electronic goods.