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

News release – 2009 Number 04

Global Body for International Standards welcomes Iraq as Member

IEC welcomes its 75th member


Geneva, Switzerland, 2009-02-25 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.


Iraq joins as Full Member, which enables it to participate in all IEC standardization activities, including the right to vote on all technical and management matters. Membership also gives access to the world's leading electrotechnical standards in fields as diverse as the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity through to industrial automation, healthcare, transport, and multimedia.


Iraq has a population of 28,2 million and estimated electricity production of 33,53 billion kWh. Its main industries are petroleum, chemicals, textiles, leather, construction materials, food processing, fertilizer, and metal fabrication/processing.


The Iraqi Electrotechnical Committee of the IEC was formed within COSQC, the Central Organization for Standardization and Quality Control. COSQC is an independent government agency, established in 1979, which acts as a consultant on quality control and standardization issues for government ministries and state-owned enterprises, and maintains relationships with international standards organizations.


The President of the Iraqi National Committee of the IEC is Mr. Saad AbdulWahab Abdulkadir and the Secretary is Ms. Majidah Sayaar.


Contact details of the Iraqi National Committee of the IEC are available from the IEC website.


With Iraq joining the IEC, the total number of countries in the organization now stands at 158 – 75 Members and 83 Affiliate countries – which together represent more than 95% of the world’s population.


IEC Contact

Gabriela Ehrlich
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