The benefits of liaisons
EMC-related standardization work is not limited to the IEC – indeed, numerous other organizations take part. Such groups usually deal with a large variety of technical problems, of which EMC is only one. But clearly the greatest benefits to industry would derive if all the parties involved – world wide – at least had access to identical Basic EMC standards.
Other organizations therefore need to be informed about the IEC's EMC activities and, in their own reports and standards, they should also refer to IEC International Standards, particularly the Basic publications.
Equally they may be able, from their work and experience, to provide invaluable inputs to the IEC and they are encouraged to do so whenever appropriate.
So the IEC maintains close liaisons with many such bodies, some of the main ones included in the diagram being the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the International Organization for Legal Metrology (OIML).
EMC work is also carried out in regional organizations like CENELEC, the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization, with which the IEC has a series of co-operation agreements. Most of the IEC's EMC standards are in fact harmonized as European standards under the European Union's EMC Directive.
In addition, a number of industry sectoral bodies such as CIGRE (the International Conference on Large High Voltage Electric Systems), EURELECTRIC (the union of the electricity industry) and ECMA (the European computer manufacturers' association) are often interested in the IEC's Basic EMC standards for the development of their own specific application-oriented publications, or in EMC Product standards for direct application to products in their particular field.
Links to such organizations can be found on our EMC glossary, liaisons and links pages.