Why do we need standards?
Standards help developing countries
Countries that adopt standards and test products (conformity assessment) are better able to protect their citizens from dangerous, low-quality products that cause countless accidents.
Standards also enable them to attract companies who want to set up production sites and share their technology, which in turn helps local economies to grow.
The IEC has put in place the Affiliate Country Programme that allows developing countries to use IEC International Standards free of charge. We believe that rich and poor countries anywhere in the world should benefit from those IEC Standards that are relevant to their populations and industries.