What products use IEC International Standards?
The IEC publishes International Standards for the millions of devices that contain electronics or use, produce, or store electricity.
These include such products as:
- Nanotechnology, superconductivity
- Electronic components, microchips, circuit boards, computers
- Plugs and sockets, cables, switches, insulating materials
- All kinds of batteries and fuel cells
- Household equipment such as fridges, hair dryers, microwave ovens, toasters, TVs
- Private and public transportation, including metros, electric cars, trains, buses, planes, ships
- Electric power generation: Smart Grid, photovoltaics, wind turbines, marine energy, power lines, transformers and much, much more.
+/- sign on batteries
The work is done in TCs and SCs (Technical Committees and Subcommittees) by close to 10 000 experts in more than 1 000 Working Groups.
The IEC not only defines safety parameters for these products but also those of efficiency, interconnectivity (how products work with each other), quality and performance, how a device interferes with others (EMC), how environmentally-friendly it has been produced and how it should be recycled. It also prepares symbols, such as the "on/off" sign and + /– on batteries, and it helps engineers to speak the same language (electrotechnical vocabulary).