Governments/ International Organizations
What the IEC does
Standard development: facilitating the process
The IEC’s role is to facilitate the complicated process of reaching agreement among the many experts from countries all around the world, who volunteer to prepare the rules, specifications and terminology that allow manufacturers to build devices that work together, safely and as expected, anywhere.
For this, the IEC provides a platform, where representatives from industry, governments, research and testing laboratories, universities, etc. can meet. It also publishes the many so-called consensus-based International Standards for electrical, electronic and related products, processes and technologies – collectively known as electrotechnology - that result from these meetings and discussions.
Any given IEC International Standard represents the sum of knowledge and know-how of many stakeholders in many countries. At least 75% of participating experts must have agreed on the content of the Standard for it to be published. The participation in its development and the use of the Standard always remain voluntary.