Australian National Committee of IEC celebrates 90th anniversary
Geneva, Switzerland, 2012-10-23 – The IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission), the world’s leading standards body in electrotechnology, congratulates Standards Australia on the occasion of its 90th anniversary this month.
"Australia fully recognizes the value of participating in international standardization and conformity assessment for the benefit of its economy and its industries,” said Frans Vreeswijk, General Secretary and CEO of the IEC. “The use of International Standards ensures that Australian companies of all sizes are able to effectively compete worldwide and participate in global value chains."
The adoption of International Standards also brings the benefit of increased choice for Australian consumers, as national variations are kept to a minimum.
Standards Australia hosts IECEx, the IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres, and IECQ, the IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components, Conformity Assessment Systems.
These two Conformity Assessment Systems along with IECEE, the IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components, are growing in importance as manufacturers seek faster access to many markets at lower costs. An advantage is that members of the systems accept each other’s conformity assessment reports, eliminating duplication.
On 12 October 1922 the main committee of the Australian Commonwealth Engineering Standards Association was formed. In 1925, Australia joined the International Electrotechnical Commission with the Australian Commonwealth Engineering Standards Association (now Standards Australia) as its representative.
Australia, is one of the 82 members of the IEC, which also includes 82 developing countries that participate totally free of charge through the IEC Affiliate Country Programme.