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

December 2013


Continued safety and strength

Kerry McManama joins IECEE

Aliyah Esmail

IECEE, the IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components, has a new Executive Secretary and Chief Operating Officer. Kerry McManama will assume this role on 1 January 2014. McManama, a US citizen, has been involved in Conformity Assessment almost since its beginning. His goal is to continue to ensure the safety of the products that are certified and tested by IECEE.

In his past

McManama received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from the University of Illinois, and a Certificate in the Global Leadership Program from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management. Before joining IECEE, McManama worked for UL (Underwriters Laboratories), an international certification body, for 21 years. At UL, he served as the Global General Manager of the Hazardous Locations (Ex) business and, most recently, as the Director of Ex Programmes. Prior to McManama’ s employment at UL, he worked at Northrop Corporation and as an instructor at the College of Lake County. Keeping people and industry safe has played a great role throughout McManama’ s career.

Getting involved internationally

McManama’s involvement with the IEC Conformity Assessment Systems began in 1998 when he attended the annual meeting of IECEx, the IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres, in Paris, France, as an observer. Upon his return to the USA, he helped set up the US Member Body of the IECEx and served as its Chairman for two terms. McManama subsequently became Chairman of IECEx ExTAG (Test and Assessment Group) for one and a half terms before being elected Chairman of IECEx for two terms.


McManama has also participated in a number of IEC Working Groups and Maintenance Teams and was the Secretary of IEC SC 31H: Apparatus for use in the presence of ignitable dust. McManama was awarded the Thomas A. Edison Award in 2012 and received the IEC 1906 Award in 2007. Both recognize exceptional achievement and contribution to IEC work on the part of the recipient.

Certificates apply in many markets

IECEE covers safety and performance for a wide variety of equipment and components used in homes, offices, workshops, healthcare facilities and more. IECEE Test Certificates are mutually recognized by all members. A product that has been tested in one member market will not have to be retested in another, if the relevant national differences have been taken into account.


In many countries, IECEE CB (Certification Body) Test Certificates and Test Reports are proof of compliance with regulatory requirements, and many retailers, buyers and vendors are happy to import electrical goods carrying an IECEE Test Certificate.


Today, the IECEE offers the potential of one test (based on a standard), one certification (to prove the conformity), and one or more marks as appropriate (the visual symbol for proof of conformity). The IEC’s worldwide Conformity Assessment Systems put safety at the forefront of their work and McManama’ s past experience shows that he will do the same.

McManama nominated for new position

On 18 June 2013, at the IECEE Certification Management Committee meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, McManama was nominated for the position of Executive Secretary and Chief Operating Officer starting 1 January 2014. Formal approval for this decision was given by the Conformity Assessment Board on 22 October 2013 at the IEC General Meeting in New Delhi.


  • Conformity assessment is a key factor in facilitating free trade and economic development throughout the world
  • Kerry McManama is the new Executive Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of IECEE
  • IECEE covers safety of equipment and components used in homes, offices, workshops, healthcare facilities and more



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