The IEC, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, is the world’s leading organization that prepares and publishes International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies – collectively known as “electrotechnology”. IEC standards cover a vast range of technologies from power generation, transmission and distribution to home appliances and office equipment, semiconductors, fibre optics, batteries, flat panel displays and solar energy, to mention just a few. Wherever you find electricity and electronics, you find the IEC supporting safety and performance, the environment, electrical energy efficiency and renewable energies. The IEC also administers international conformity assessment schemes in the areas of electrical equipment testing and certification (IECEE), quality of electronic components, materials and processes (IECQ) and certification of electrical equipment operated in explosive atmospheres (IECEx).
The IEC has served the world's electrical industry since 1906, developing International Standards to promote quality, safety, performance, reproducibility and environmental compatibility of materials, products and systems.
The IEC family, which now comprises of 171 countries, includes all the world's major trading nations. This membership collectively represents about 85 percent of the world's population and 95 percent of the world's electrical generating capacity.