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

IEC e-tech – March 2011


IEC e-tech: January/February 2011

March 2011 edition

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Managing Editor e-tech :

Philippa Martin-King

 

Editor in Chief:

Gabriela Ehrlich

 

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Medical devices

Medical devices: technology versus safety

 

Technology plays an increasingly important role in health care and diagnosis. How do you manage risk? Opt for more precision, or limit human exposure? Then, what of the safety of the data transmitted over IT networks?

 

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Closer to market

SMB decision to reduce CDV voting time

 

Recently, the Finnish NC proposed to SMB to reduce the CDV enquiry time from the current five months to three. SMB has initiated a trial period for certain selected TCs to test a reduced CDV voting time and so accelerate the standardization process.

 

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Common platforms

IEC Global Visions

 

IEC Global Visions continue to show the strategic importance of IEC International Standards in supporting innovation and cooperation. A further video interview in the IEC series features Matthias Kurth, President, Federal Network Agency, Germany.

 

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Risk management

Risk management in medical equipment

 

Today, we consider that we are entitled to live in a safe environment, but that has not always been the case. Our ancestors lived a much more dangerous life. There's a special IECEE task force responsible for medical equipment.

 

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Cutting risks

Reducing Ex risk in health care

 

When asked to list hazardous or explosive areas, most people will mention the oil and gas industries, mining and fuelling stations as obvious cases of high explosion risks. There are many more. Sugar refineries and flour mills also belong in this category…as do hospitals.

 

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Wired health

IECQ: Safety connecting medical devices

 

Today, we have instant connection to the entire world. The multitude of electronic devices and systems on which we rely at work and on vacation have changed our behaviour and our perception and opened up new horizons. The medical world is no exception.

 

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hip hop

Technology – a life-saving difference

 

Today's technology makes arthroplasty procedure almost banal. New minimally invasive surgery leads to shorter recovery time. In the case of complications sophisticated medical devices provide diagnostics to help take quick decisions and alleviate the situation.

 

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Ensuring secure IT

Risk management in health care

 

Managing risks concerns patients, medical staff and the community in general. A new publication, IEC 80001-1, Application of risk management for IT-networks incorporating medical devices – Part 1: Roles, responsibilities and activities, further extends the scope.

 

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Joining forces

1st joint ISO/IEC adoption workshop

 

In February 2011 Singapore was the venue for the first joint ISO/IEC regional course on adopting and referencing International Standards.

 

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2010 Thomas A. Edison Award

2010 Thomas A. Edison Award

 

Reinhard Pelta, Secretary of IEC TC 64: Electrical installations and protection against electric shock, was unable to be present in Seattle to receive his IEC Thomas A. Edison Award. He received it in February from IEC VP & SMB Chairman Jim Matthews in Geneva.

 

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NC appointments

Appointments of IEC NC Officers

 

Several IEC National Committees have announced the appointment of new officers in recent months.

 

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Expert becomes President

Expert named as President

 

Wolfgang Hofheinz was elected President of DKE, the German Commission for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies of DIN and VDE, at the DKE Council meeting that took place in December 2010. He began his term of office in January 2011.

 

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Nominations

Consultative and TC Committee nominations

 

In addition to its regular Technical Committees, the IEC has a number of Strategic Groups, Sector Boards and Technical Advisory Committees which report to the Standardization Management Board. This month, e-tech announces various changes and nominations.

 

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Obituary

Obituary

 

Stephen Marriott, former Secretary General of CENELEC, the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization, passed away on 8 February 2011, at the age of 64.

 

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Health matters, standards too

Health matters, standards too

 

International Standards for health-care are critically important and cover a wide spectrum of devices, systems and domains. The IEC ensures these are constantly kept up-to-date and improved when needed through the work of several TCs, primarily IEC TC 62.

 

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Question of scale

Ultrasonics for therapy and diagnostics

 

Medical diagnostic ultrasonic equipment is widely used in clinical practice for monitoring and imaging. In dentistry, plaque on the surface of teeth, which left to its own devices hardens into calculus (tartar), is nowadays frequently removed using ultrasonic descalers.

 

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Essential keystrokes

Essential keystrokes

 

The new IEC website has a myriad of new information set out in menus, tabs and links. Here are a couple of tips concerning functionality and the logic to help you access committee dashboard pages directly.

 

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