Governments/ International Organizations
What the IEC does
The three IEC Conformity Assessment Systems
The IEC runs three CA (Conformity Assessment) Systems each of which covers a different area of electrotechnology.
IECEE (System for Conformity Testing and Certification of Electrotechnical Equipment and components) covers the safety and performance of electrical equipment used in the home, office or health care facilities.
IECEx (System for certification to standards relating to equipment for use in explosive atmospheres) is focused on hazardous areas where flammable gases, liquids, and combustible dusts may be present.
IECQ (Approval and certification system for electronic components and related materials and processes) covers electronic components and related materials and processes
One Standard - one test - one certification
The use of the IEC CA Systems provides a clear advantage in that it facilitates export to many markets. If the national product was built based on IEC International Standards and then tested by a member of one of the IEC CA Systems, this test will not need to be repeated for export to the other countries who are members of the System. One test certificate is valid in many markets.