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

IEC News log – 2009

GSO General Secretariat, Anwar Al-Abdullah

Protecting populations from non-conforming electrical appliances and installations

First major conference on standardization and Conformity Assessment in Gulf region

 

Better protect the citizens of the Gulf region from the many accidents caused by low-quality electrical appliances and components. This was one of the clear objectives of the first international conference for standardization and conformity assessment in electrotechnology that was held this week in Bahrain.

 

( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2009-12-11

potentially explosive environment

United Nations endorsement will reduce risk in hazardous areas

UNECE endorses IECEx

 

The United Nations through its UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) has formally endorsed the use of an internationally recognized certification system, IECEx, that promotes safety of equipment in explosive areas.

 

( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2009-12-07

WSD poster

2009 Lord Kelvin Award, highest distinction in electrotechnology

IEC honours outstanding individuals for their lifelong contributions to electrotechnology

 

The Lord Kelvin Award, the highest award in the world of electrotechnical standardization was given to three individuals who have contributed in an exceptional way to the work of standardization in electrotechnology during the IEC General Meeting that took place in Tel Aviv, Israel.

 

( read article ) Geneva/Tel Aviv, 2009-10-21

Poster: Tackling climate change through standards

Tackling climate change through standards

40th World Standards Day – 14 October 2009

 

In its groundbreaking report published in 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) cited technical standards, like those published by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), as a means of mitigating climate change now, while offering the potential to reduce its effects in the future as new technologies are developed and mature.

 

( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2009-09-23

Webstore historical collection

A glimpse into the history of standards

Easy access to the present and historical collection of IEC International Standards through the IEC Webstore

 

Consulting previous editions of standards may be essential for those who deal with technologies that evolve very rapidly. The first edition of IEC 62448, Multimedia systems and equipment - Multimedia E-publishing and E-books - Generic format for E-publishing, was published in April 2007 and replaced in February 2009, that is less than two years later, by a second edition.

 

( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2009-09-03

Smart Grid portal

IEC Smart Grid portal

The one-stop resource to start tackle the Global Energy Efficiency Challenge

 

To satisfy global energy needs and protect our planet, we must become increasingly efficient in how we produce, distribute and use energy. The aim of Smart Grids is to optimize energy distribution and use, as well as integrate electricity from small and big producers and from renewable sources. To do so, Smart Grid projects depend on protocols and standards that ensure seamless interoperability of existing and new devices and systems.

 

( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2009-08-05

Map of Morocco

First IECEx Conformity Mark License to Finnish Vaisala Oyj

Granted to Vaisala Oyj of Finland for use on humidity and temperature transmitters designed for hazardous environments

 

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is pleased to announce that the first IECEx Conformity Mark License (Ex Mark) was granted to Vaisala Oyj of Finland for use on humidity and temperature transmitters designed for hazardous environments. The Ex Mark was granted by VTT, a Finland-based leading applied research organization that provides high-end technology solutions and innovation services, including IECEx certification. VTT was one of the first IECEX certification bodies approved to issue the Mark.

 

( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2009-06-25

SMB Strategic Group 3 - Smart Grid

IEC takes charge of setting global standards for Smart Grid

IEC has convened the world's leading experts on Smart Grid technology

 

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is spearheading a global initiative to support the new "smart" electric power grids around the world with common technical standards that ensure interoperability, security and energy savings.

 

( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2009-05-26

S+ IEC 60079-18

New IEC Standards+ on equipment protection for explosive atmospheres

S+ IEC 60079-18

 

A popular IEC International Standard that concerns protection against unwanted industrial explosions is now available as an IEC Standards+ Redline version.

 

( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2009-05-13

Map of Albania

Albania joins the IEC

IEC welcomes its newest member

 

On 24 April 2009, the IEC Council approved the application of Albania as its 76th member. This brings the total number of countries in the IEC Family to 159 – 76 Members and 83 Affiliates from developing countries – comprising more than 95 % of the world’s population.

 

( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2009-05-07

Data security

Preventing theft and unauthorized modification of electronic data with new ISO/IEC standard

ISO/IEC 19772, Information technology – Security techniques – Authenticated encryption

 

To protect the confidentiality and integrity of data being transferred or stored, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) have jointly developed a new standard which defines authenticated encryption mechanisms that provide an optimum level of security.

 

( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2009-04-30

Committee’s first plenary meeting. Held in January 2010, the event was hosted by AFNOR (ISO member for France), which holds the Secretariat for ISO/IEC JPC 2

Increased international cooperation on standards for energy efficiency needed

International workshop on International Standards to Promote Energy Efficiency and Reduce Carbon Emissions

 

Cooperation on International Standards to promote energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions was given a major boost by a workshop in Paris, France, on 16-17 March 2009, which brought together 290 experts from the public and private sector.

 

( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2009-03-30

S+ IEC 60909-3

New IEC Standards+ deals with short-circuit currents in three-phase AC systems

S+ IEC 60909-3

 

IEC 60909-3 on short-circuit currents in three-phase AC systems is now available as a new IEC Standards+. It includes the new third edition of this important International Standard with an annexed Redline version that shows all changes from the previous edition.

 

( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2009-03-24

S+ IEC 60909-3

New CD collection of ISO/IEC Standards and Guides for testing laboratories and inspection bodies

ISO/IEC Pack – Conformity assessment - Laboratories and inspection bodies

 

A new CD is available containing all ISO/IEC International Standards and Guides for testing laboratories and inspection bodies.

 

( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2009-03-20

S+ IEC 60909-3

Public and private sector experts meet to boost international standardization in support of energy efficiency

The importance of standards for energy efficiency and carbon reduction

 

More than 250 private sector experts and public policy makers from all over the world will gather in Paris on 16-17 March 2009 for an international workshop on International Standards to Promote Energy Efficiency and Reduce Carbon Emissions.

 

( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2009-03-11

IEC welcomes Iraq, its 75th member

Global Body for International Standards welcomes Iraq as Member

IEC welcomes its 75th member

 

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) – the world’s leading organization that prepares and publishes International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies and that manages global conformity assessment systems – is pleased to welcome the Republic of Iraq as its 75th Member.

 

( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2009-02-25

Entirely new look. Much faster. Advanced search option. Personalised. The new IEC webstore site is launched

Launch of new IEC Webstore

Entirely new look. Much faster. Advanced search option. Personalised. The new IEC webstore site is launched

 

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) – the world’s leading organization that prepares and publishes International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies and that manages global conformity assessment systems – has launched a new version of its IEC Webstore. The new store is a response to end-user feedback and based on the results of a survey conducted in 2008 which benchmarked the IEC Webstore against other leading online suppliers.

 

( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2009-02-24

ISO/IEC TR 24714-1, Information technology – Biometrics – Jurisdictional and societal considerations for commercial applications – Part 1: General guidance

New ISO/IEC report clarifies societal, cultural and ethical issues related to use of biotechnologies for identifying people

ISO/IEC TR 24714-1, Information technology – Biometrics – Jurisdictional and societal considerations for commercial applications – Part 1: General guidance

 

Societal, cultural and ethical issues related to the use of biometrics in security systems for identifying people are clarified in a new technical report by ISO and the IEC, two of the world's principal developers of International Standards.

 

( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2009-02-10

Bahrain and Montenegro join IEC Family - maps of Bahrain and Montenegro

Bahrain and Montenegro join IEC Family

IEC welcomes its newest members

 

Bahrain and Montenegro are the latest countries to join the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) – the world’s leading organization that prepares and publishes International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies and that administers global conformity assessment systems.

 

( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2009-01-15