International Standards and Conformity Assessment for all electrical, electronic and related technologies
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Electrical Energy

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Individual devices for the home, office, healtcare facilities
IEC work covers the millions of devices that use electricity at home, in the office, in healthcare facilities or public spaces. With IEC International Standards, best practice energy management is continuously being built into electrical devices, from the start of a product’s design.

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Assessing conformity

 

 

 

 

 

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Lamps

 

 

 

 

 

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Domestic appliances and office equipment

 

 

 

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Entertainment and ITC equipment

 

 

 

 

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Medical

 

 

 

 

 

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Safe and reliable electrical equipment

 

 

 

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Devices

 

IEC work covers the millions of devices that use electricity at home, in the office, in healthcare facilities or public spaces. With IEC International Standards, best practice energy management is continuously being built into electrical devices, from the start of a product’s design.

 

 

Assessing conformity

 

IECEE, the IEC System for Conformity Assessment of Electrotechnical Equipment and Components, administers third party conformity testing and certification schemes that address the safety, quality, efficiency and overall performance of components and goods for the home, office or health facilities. Members of the System issue test reports and certificates that are mutually accepted by all other members of the System. This eliminates duplication and saves time and money.

 

IECEx, the IEC System for Certification to Standards relating to Equipment for use in Explosive Atmospheres, is the internationally accepted certification system that covers the installation, production, verification, inspection, maintenance and repair of equipment and systems used in areas where the risk of fire and/or explosions due to flammable gases, liquids and dusts exists (Ex industries). It also allows for the assessment of the competence of personnel carrying out work and repairs in these industries. IECEx covers the broad spectrum of devices, systems and services used in explosive environments, and it verifies their conformity to International Standards such as those prepared by IEC Technical Committee 31: Equipment in explosive atmospheres.


IECQ, IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components,  is a worldwide approval and certification system that covers the supply, assembly, associated materials and processes of a large variety of electronic components that are used in millions of devices and systems. It  provides manufacturers with independent verification that IEC International Standards and other specifications were met by suppliers who hold an IECQ certification. The avionics and increasingly other industries depend on the IECQ Electronic Component Management Plan to assess suppliers and safely manage their components’ supply chain also to avoid counterfeit merchandise.

 

 

Lamps

 

CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lamps), LEDs (Light-Emitting Diodes), Halogen, and luminaires come within the remit of TC 34: Lamps and related equipment and its Subcommittees.

 

 

 

Domestic appliances and office equipment

 

Microwaves, ovens, juicers, fridges, washing machines…computers, printers, space heaters: most electrical devices used in the home or office are based on IEC work. All major manufacturers participate in the IEC. TC 59: Performance of household and similar electrical appliances, works on the performance of appliances, including the measurement of standby power.

 

 

Entertainment and ITC equipment

 

International Standards for electric and electronic systems/components used in home entertainment and IT devices, e.g. semiconductors, cables, connectors, fuses, switches, cells and batteries, are developed by:
TC 100: Audio, video and multimedia systems and equipment
TC 110: Electronic display devices including OLEDs
TC 108: Safety of electronic equipment within the field of audio/video, information technology and communication technology
TC 119: Printed Electronics.
TC 116: Safety of motor-operated electric tools develops International Standards for tools used by tradesmen and households. Other TCs that are important in this area are:
TC 20: Electric cables;
SC 23F: Connecting devices;
SC 23G: Appliance couplers;
SC 23J: Switches for appliances; and
TC 72: Automatic controls for household use.
TC 61: Safety of household and similar electrical appliances prepares International safety Standards to protect users of such equipment from a wide range of hazards. Appliances for outdoor use such as gardening tools and swimming pool equipment are also covered.
TC 64: Electrical installations and protection against electric shock and
SC 34D: Luminaires also protect the home environment. Consumer electronics and smart appliances wouldn’t exist without electronic components. Sensors, connectors, resistors, capacitors, semiconductors, LEDs, MEMS (micro-electromechanical systems) are just some of the many components that are widely used.
SC 47E: Discrete semiconductor devices and SC 47F: Micro-electromechanical systems prepare International Standards that facilitate the design and manufacture of sensors and MEMS.

 

 

Medical

 

The medical sector is probably one of the most challenging environments for risk management owing to its complexity, the multiplicity stakes and large number of systems and individuals involved. The IEC has been directly involved in developing International EMD (Electric Medical Devices) Standards for decades.

TC 62: Electrical equipment in medical practice, works on International Standards that ensure the safe operation of EMDs. However, many other TCs are also working on International safety Standards that ensure, directly or indirectly, the operation of electrical equipment used in the health-care environment.

 

 

Safe and reliable electrical equipment

 

IECEE (the IEC System of Conformity Testing and Certification for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components), ensures that electrical products and equipment are reliable and meet expectations in terms of performance, safety, durability and other criteria. This includes not only medical electrical equipment, but also risk hazards for patients, operators such as doctors and nurses, and maintenance personnel.

 

 

 

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Dr Zida Yu, Senior Vice President and Corporate Technology Officer*, Haier Group

 

In this IEC Global Visions interview, Dr Zida Yu Senior Vice President and Corporate Technology Officer of the Haier Group, one of the most important white goods manufacturers in the world, shares why participating in the IEC allows his company to build trust among customers and consumers, which in turn gives Haier an advantage in accessing more markets faster.