What we do
Standards and conformity assessment
A good standard is written in such a way that it allows conformity to its requirements to be assessed:
- it describes the function and behaviour of the product, rather than its design;
- it gives precise, measurable specifications;
- it mandates reliable and reproducible tests and methods.
It should be equally usable for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd-party CA (conformity assessment). These characteristics ensure that the link from a standard or specification to CA activities will be successful and correspond to users’ expectations.
In CA - as in other applications of standards and technical specifications - assessment to an international standard represents the highest level, due to the fact that they are the consensus result of the best technical and pragmatic efforts of the whole international community.
However, conformity may be assessed to a national or regional standard, or in fact to any specification.
The IEC CA Systems are based on IEC International Standards but do allow for national differences where appropriate.