Expanding trade opportunities for Euro-Asian countries
IEC and EASC sign renewed Cooperation Agreement
Geneva, 2014-07-03 – The IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission), the international standards and conformity assessment body for all fields of electrotechnology, today announced that it has signed a renewed Cooperation Agreement with the EASC (Euro-Asian Council for Standardization, Metrology and Certification) which will help to expand trade opportunities for EASC countries.
The agreement was signed in Sochi during the 45th meeting of EASC. This Cooperation Agreement aims to enable the commercial exchange between and beyond EASC member countries. Market harmonization based on IEC International Standards will allow EASC countries to limit dependencies and to buy electro-technical products and systems that are able to work with each other from millions of suppliers anywhere in the world.
IEC General Secretary and CEO Frans Vreeswijk said, “When countries and companies can reach global markets, trade increases and market growth and development are stimulated. Only globally relevant IEC International Standards provide broad access to the world. National or regional standards do not.”
This new Cooperation Agreement enables and encourages EASC members to give absolute preference to International Standards over any regional or national standards, simply because they are the only ones to be able to offer such global benefits.
Vreeswijk mentioned the fact that many national or regional standards are only fully relevant in their own geographic area, no matter how big that is. For example in Europe, despite the fact that nearly 80% of standards are built on or even identical to IEC International Standards, it is the national and regional differences that limit global market access, trade and choice in terms of suppliers.
Adopting existing International Standards for national use is good. However, it is even better for a country or region if it can influence the content of those Standards through active participation because this increases their relevance and stimulates broader use.
The Agreement also aims to avoid duplication of efforts by ensuring that technical reviews of standard content takes place at the international level. EASC member bodies (including non-IEC members) will become more informed about IEC activities and are encouraged to participate at the international level in IEC standardization and conformity assessment work.
This Cooperation Agreement is a revision of the IEC/EASC Agreement dated 11 November 1998.