ISO, ITU and other organizations
The IEC works closely with its international standardization partners, ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and ITU (International Telecommunication Union), and international organizations, including WHO (World Health Organization), ILO (International Labour Office) and UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe), CIGRE (International Council on Large Electric Systems), IMO (International Maritime Organization), OIML (International Organization of Legal Metrology), EURELECTRIC (Union of the Electricity Industry), IFAN (International Federation of Standards Users), ILAC (International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation) and IAF (International Accreditation Forum, Inc.)
Agreements with ISO
An initial agreement was signed with ISO in 1976 and ten years later the two bodies established ISO/IEC JTC 1 (ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee), to cover the vast and expanding field of information technology.
In 2011, IEC and ISO signed an agreement concerning the standardization of electrotechnology for road vehicles and the cooperation between ISO/TC 22 "Road vehicles" and IEC Technical Committees.
IEC, ISO, ITU and UNECE on e-business
In 2000, IEC, ISO, ITU and UNECE signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Electronic Business (e-business). This is the culmination of a process started in the early 90s when the importance of EDI (electronic data interchange) was becoming clear. The purpose is to coordinate standards work in the four organizations, as well as the needs of a number of associated user groups, so as to avoid divergent approaches and duplication in standards. A Management Group for the MoU, comprising technical groups involved in writing and in using e-business standards, meets twice a year, and has already contributed a lot to the harmonious development of e-business standards.
United Nations endorses IEC and IECEx
The United Nations, via UNECE, recommends the IEC and IECEx as the world’s best practice model for the verification of conformity to International Standards. In January 2011, it published a “Common Regulatory Framework” encompassing the use of IEC International Standards developed by IEC TC (Technical Committee) 31: Equipment for explosive atmospheres, with proof of compliance demonstrated by IECEx. The UNECE publication, Common Regulatory Framework for Equipment Used in Environments with an Explosive Atmosphere, addresses the hazards in environments with a high risk of explosion such as mines, refineries, chemical plants and mills. It can be used by countries that lack regulation in this sector as a blueprint for their legislation, and also for aligning existing national regulations with internationally harmonized best practice.