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IEC e-tech – December 2013

IEC e-tech: December 2013

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Editor in Chief:

Gabriela Ehrlich


Managing Editor e-tech :

Claire Marchand



Janice Blondeau

Aliyah Esmail

Morand Fachot

Zoé Smart


2013 IEC General Meeting, New Delhi, India


This edition of e-tech summarizes much of the 2013 IEC General Meeting proceedings in New Delhi, India, from management meetings to Young Professionals and Industrializing Country workshops, Affiliate Forum and IEC Awards. Not to forget the extensive photo gallery.


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Winds of change


Klaus Wucherer began his address to the Council in New Delhi, India – his last as IEC President – with a statement he first made in Tel Aviv when he was elected future IEC President, “We need to work closely together as one strong international team.”


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Building on our strengths


IEC General Secretary and CEO Frans Vreeswijk addressed Council at the 2013 IEC GM in New Delhi, India, reviewing the Commission’s activities and achievements in the 12 months since the Oslo GM. The leitmotiv of his presentation was that while the IEC is a strong and stable organization, it has to look ahead and cannot rest on its laurels.


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SMB review and focus


IEC e-tech talked to James E. Matthews III, IEC Vice President and Chairman of the SMB (Standardization Management Board) during the General Meeting in New Delhi. Matthews outlined on-going activities and special initiatives that aim to improve IEC work and efficiency as well as provide the tools and processes that are needed going forward.


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Technology trends, market needs


Unlike the SMB (Standardization Management Board) and CAB (Conformity Assessment Board), the MSB (Market Strategy Board) doesn’t meet during IEC General Meetings. However its Convenor, IEC Vice-President Dr Yinbiao Shu, updated Council on MSB activities in the past 12 month and shared with the audience the outcome of its last meeting, held in Shanghai, China in May 2013. 



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CAB report to IEC Council


IEC Vice-President and CAB Chairman Hiromichi Fujisawa updated Council on CAB activities in the 12 months since the Oslo General Meeting. He talked about the creation the new IEC CA (Conformity Assessment) System for renewable energies, presented the work of some of the working groups and of the WT CAC (Wind Turbine Certification Advisory Committee). Furthermore Fujisawa provided insights into the process that is currently being undertaken to harmonize the basic rules of the three CA Systems, IECEE, IECEx and IECQ.


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Council Statutory Session


Council, the supreme governing body of the IEC, held its meeting on Friday 25 October 2013, during the IEC General Meeting in New Delhi, India. The morning session was dedicated to the statutory issues of the Commission.


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Broadening expert base beyond workshop


As part of IEC's efforts to broaden its base of professional experts and increase awareness of its work, 55 representatives from 30 National Committees came together to share experiences, network and learn more about the world of international standardization and conformity assessment at the successful IEC Young Professionals workshop in New Delhi.


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Affiliate Forum


The Affiliate Forum has been part of the IEC GM (General Meeting) agenda since 2009 and is a great opportunity for Affiliate delegations to meet, exchange views, share experiences and discuss common challenges and issues, both at the global and regional levels.


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Focus on solar energy


This year, the Workshop for Industrializing Countries, taking place during the IEC General Meeting in New Delhi, India, focused on “Solar photovoltaic energy standards for developing countries”.


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First access, then power quality


The challenges of maintaining a reliable, high quality power supply took centre stage at the Council Open Session held in New Delhi. And once those who are non-connected have reliable access to electric power – 1,3 billion still do not have access to electricity – then the quality of that power is of crucial importance.


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Photo gallery


A selection of photos taken during the 76th IEC General Meeting in New Delhi, India.


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Continued safety and strength


IECEE 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.


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Restricting the blaze


Ex (explosive) areas are places where flammable liquids, vapours, gases or combustible dusts are likely to cause a fire or explosion. The modern day automation of industry has increased the need to use equipment in Ex areas. IECEx, the IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres, is globally recognized as helping companies control Ex areas.


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Change under the surface


From December, frequent visitors to the website for IECEx will be pleased to note that it has been updated. All the information you could possibly need on the IECEx website is now just a click away. Whether you want to find out more about IECEx services, publications and documents, online certificates, working groups, events and meetings or just want an overview of what the System offers, it’s all there.


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Electronics through the looking glass


What will the future of electronics hold? Will we use 3D printers to make a spacecraft to take us to the moon? Will our electronics be able to reveal our emotional state to others? This year at TAITRONICS, the 39th Taipei International Electronics Show, exhibitors showcased items that we could only have dreamed about in the past. As was the case in previous years, IECQ was present at this event, one of the world’s largest electronic shows.


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Curbing energy waste


The 8th International EEMODS (Energy Efficiency in Motor Driven Systems) Conference took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 28-30 October 2013. The event brought together representatives of governments and international organizations, manufacturers, program managers and experts who shared their views and latest developments in the area of motor driven systems. Professor Martin Doppelbauer gave a presentation on ‘Current Developments in IEC Standards for Energy Efficiency of Electric Motors’.


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Fending off cyber threats


Information security breaches represent a growing threat to businesses and organizations throughout the world, costing them vast amounts every year in stolen intellectual property and confidential data. The IEC and ISO recently published the second edition of the ISO/IEC 27001 Standard, which will help organizations enhance their information security.


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