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TC News - February 2016


Decisions and actions resulting from the SMB meeting held in Geneva, 2016-02-23



IEC Technical Activities - Structure

SMB/CAG proposal concerning the Directives Supplement

The SMB decided to continue the process of reducing procedural divergences between IEC and ISO and hence minimizing the material contained in the IEC Supplement to the Directives. The SMB also agreed that an integrated version of Part 1 of the ISO/IEC Directives, containing all material in Part 1 and the IEC Supplement should be published in a single document.
(SMB Decision 155/3)

SMB/CAG proposal concerning the review of TS and PAS

The SMB, following up on the recommendations from ahG 58 concerning the role of TS and PAS, decided to broaden the scope of the review to look at all IEC Deliverables and set up ahG 64, to determine whether IEC Deliverables meet the needs of all IEC stakeholders. Amongst other participants, ISO was invited to participate in the group.
(SMB Decision 155/5)

New SyC on Electrotechnical Aspects of Smart Cities

The SMB confirmed the setting up of a new Systems Committee on Smart Cities and confirmed the appointment of Dr Fumio Ueno as Chair of the SyC.
(SMB Decision 155/6)

SRG – Systems Resource Group

The SMB noted the good progress of work in the SRG and in particular the strong support and participation of IEC Central Office staff. The SRG is developing a Use Case Management Repository (UCMR) and it is expected that this will be expanded so that it is available to all TCs which need to make use of it. (SMB/5798/INF)
(SMB Decision 155/7)

Ad hoc Group on Electrotechnical Aspects of Asset Management for Power Networks

The SMB received a presentation from Japan on the proposal for a new TC on Electrotechnical Aspects of Asset Management for Power Networks. A number of SMB members expressed concern that similar work might already be under way in other TCs and as a result, the SMB decided that further review of the proposal was necessary. The SMB set up ahG 65 to undertake this task and in particular asked CIGRE for its help in this area.
(SMB Decision 155/18)

Ad hoc Group on Smart Home/Office Building Systems

The SMB set up ahG 66 to review all activities in IEC and other organizations related to electrical, electronic and other systems including lighting installations in home/office buildings and to make recommendations on systems work in this area.
(SMB Decision 155/21)



JDMT, Joint Directives Maintenance Team

The SMB approved 12 items relating to the ISO/IEC Directives, many of which permitted alignment between IEC and ISO processes. One item, relating to the Guidelines on patent declarations, was not approved. The 12 items are as follows…more
(SMB Decision 155/15)

ISO/IEC Directives, Part 2

The SMB approved the publication of a new edition of Part 2 of the ISO/IEC Directives, which is a significant revision of the current edition.
(SMB Decision 155/16)

Direct publication of CDVs

The SMB amended the decision it had taken in Minsk concerning direct publication of CDVs. The SMB agreed that CDVs which had been approved and where no further technical changes were being made should be published directly, without passing through the FDIS stage. CDVs which had been approved, but where technical changes were being made, would continue to pass through the FDIS stage.
(SMB Decision 155/17)


TC/SC Matters

Review of TC/SC statistics

The SMB expressed concern on the persistent presence of certain TC/SCs on the list, presenting 3 or more levels of concern. SMB decided that TC/SCs appearing on the list should develop a plan to address the identified deficiencies. SMB will review the performance of the TC/SCs concerned with actions up to and including disbanding of inactive TC/SCs.
(SMB Decision 155/24)

Follow-up on work in TC 10 on mineral insulating oils

The SMB expressed concern that TC 10 had not implemented its previous decision on the subject of mineral insulating oils in a satisfactory manner. TC 10 had decided on a route which still meant that there was potential discrimination of products based on their provenance.
SMB instructed TC 10 to prepare a single standard, applicable to all mineral insulating oils, but including a requirement to declare the provenance of the oils.
SMB also expressed concern on the actions of CENELEC BT which potentially sent contradictory messages on the subject.
This whole issue raises the importance of TC/SCs writing standards to reflect performance requirements rather than design requirements wherever possible.
(SMB Decision 155/27)

Procedures for the submission of QPs

The SMB confirmed that SCs report to their parent TCs and that any Questions of Principle (QPs) can only be submitted by TCs. SCs, even when meeting separately, must submit QPs through their parent TCs. The SMB further asked the DMT to draft appropriate Directives language using the instructions given in the RSMB form.
(SMB Decisions 155/30)

Funding of meetings

The SMB reaffirmed the IEC policy on meeting fees, making it clear that it was inadmissible to require payment of meeting fees by participants in IEC meetings (TC/SC/SyC or MT/PT/WG). The SMB also requested that NCs were always notified of the holding of meetings in their country.
(SMB Decisions 155/31)

TC/SC minutes trial

Ricardo Nava, one of the YP leaders, presented inputs from the YPs to the SMB on the Directives and the practices around minutes. The SMB decided to implement a trial on a recommendation from the YPs on generating and approving meeting reports directly during meetings, thereby eliminating the often considerable waiting time for their circulation.
(SMB Decisions 155/26)

TC/SC reports

The SMB approved 17 TC/SC reports, including SBPs by correspondence before the SMB meeting. The SMB continues to monitor the timing of submission of the TCs/SCs reporting to SMB, to ensure that the reports are received within 3 months of the TC/SC meeting.
(SMB Decisions 155/2)

Projects for which extensions of target dates had been reviewed

The SMB approved extensions of target dates and project plans for projects, including those with more than 4 months delay, CDVs that require longer than 24 months to be available and requests for extensions in the TC/SC reports.
(SMB Decisions 155/32, 155/33 and 155/34)


Presentations given to SMB meeting 155

Presentation from ACEA

Mr René Nielsen, Chair of ACEA gave a presentation on the work of ACEA. The SMB asked ACEA to make proposals on the implementation of its recommendation concerning the inclusion of environmental aspects in the foreword/scope of standards. (SMB/5762/INF)
(SMB Decision 155/10)

Presentation from ACEC

Mr Don Heirman, Chair of ACEC gave a presentation on the work of ACEC. The SMB complimented ACEC on its achievements and in particular its communication with other TC/SCs. (SMB/5761/INF)
(SMB Decision 155/11)

Presentation from TC 34

Mr Richard Kotschenreuther, Chair TC 34, gave a presentation on the activities of TC 34. The SMB welcomed TC 34’s approach to looking to the future and confirmed the importance to complete its proposal for restructuring. (SMB/5763/INF)
(SMB Decision 155/20)

Presentation on Values in Standards – The Intelligent Automotive Challenge

Mr Sam Sciacca, Senior Director IEEE-SA, gave a thought-provoking presentation on the values and responsibilities related to automation and embedded software. (SMB/5764/INF)
(SMB Decision 155/19)

Presentation from CENELEC

Mr Maurice Buckley, CENELEC Vice-President Technical, gave an update on the CENELEC activities and Dresden agreement. (SMB/5821/INF)

Presentation from CIE

Mrs Kathryn Nield, CIE General Secretary, gave an update on CIE activities of interest to IEC (SMB/5820/INF)
(SMB Decisions 155/22)

Presentation from IEEE

Mr Sam Sciacca, Senior Director IEEE-SA, gave an update on developments within IEEE and cooperation between IEEE and IEC. (SMB/5816/INF)

Next SMB Meetings


The SMB agreed to accept the invitation from the Mexican NC to hold its February 2017 meeting in Mexico.
(SMB Decision 155/35)

Dates and places for 2016

2016-06-13 - Monday CAG meeting (Geneva)
2016-06-14 - Tuesday (Geneva)
2016-10-08 - Saturday CAG meeting (Frankfurt)
2016-10-10 - Monday (Frankfurt, Germany - General Meeting)

Dates and places for 2017

2017-02-07 - Tuesday CAG meeting (Mexico)
2017-02-08 - Wednesday (Mexico)
2017-06-11 - Sunday CAG meeting (Geneva)
2017-06-12 - Monday (Geneva)
2017-10-09 - Monday (Vladivostok, Russia - General Meeting)













“More” section:

The SMB approved 12 items relating to the ISO/IEC Directives, many of which permitted alignment between IEC and ISO processes. One item, relating to the Guidelines on patent declarations, was not approved. The 12 items are as follows:

A.1 - Addition of a note to 1.7.1 and 1.7.5 concerning Guides and P-membership of TC/SCs
A.2 - Removal of requirement of justification statements with positive votes on NPs (2.3.4)
A.3 - Chair term limits – approval of text for ISO (does not affect IEC)
A.4 - Chair term limits – align with proposed text in ISO to allow any combination up to 9 years
A.5 - Chairs – align with proposed text in ISO to permit establishment of a Chair-elect
A.6 - Modify 1.12 to allow for the appointment of co-convenors in JWGs
A.7 - Modify 1.15.4 to include role of liaisons and liaison officers
A.8 - Update Annex I, Guidelines of the Common Patent Policy
A.10 - Removal of references to the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 2
A.11 - Removal of possibility of approving NPs at a meeting (already the case in IEC)
A.12 - Publication of a new edition of Part 1 in 2016
A.13 - Voting period on NP ballots (proposal by ISO to reduce to 8 weeks)


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