International Standards and Conformity Assessment for all electrical, electronic and related technologies
Annual Report 2009


Performance Report


Standards Production

Average production time reduced


A total of 441 publications were produced, of which 366 were International Standards, 12 were Technical Specifications (for which the consensus was insufficient for the status of an International Standard), 40 were Technical Reports (informative documents), 22 were Publicly Available Specifications (industry specifications seeking full consensus) and one was a Guide. Of the total, 58 % were updates or maintenance, 42 % were new projects.


The year’s production brought the total IEC catalogue to 6 146 publications. The average production time for the development of IEC publications was 33 months, with 71 % of all publications produced in less than three years and 25 % in three to five years. Japan, Korea, Germany and China were the leading countries proposing new work items for standards development.


The average time to prepare Final Draft International Standards (FDISs) for circulation to members for final voting was less than two months, while the publication time from approval of the FDIS to publication was less than one month.


In terms of the number of IEC International Standards produced, TC 86: Fibre optics, was by far the most prolific, producing 55 Standards. It was followed by TC 65: Industrial-process measurement, control and automation, and TC 46: Cables, wires, waveguides, R.F. connectors, R.F. and microwave passive components and accessories, both with 33; TC 34: Lamps and related equipment, with 25; and TC 62: Electrical equipment in medical practice, with 21.