What is an international standard?
A true international standard is built through what is called the voluntary consensus process. This means that participation in the development and the use of the Standard is voluntary and that all or a majority (at least 75%) of participants agreed with the rules and specifications that are part of the Standard.
An International Standard is representative of the needs of many countries, without industry or country bias, because many different voices are taken into account. In the process, each country has only one vote, no matter how small or big it is.
Companies can participate in the development of Standards through their NC (National Committee) in all countries that are a member of the IEC. The NC represents all electrotechnical interests in the country.