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IEC, ISO, ITU and UNECE on e-business

In 2000, IEC, ISO, ITU and UNECE signed a pdf file Memorandum of Understanding on Electronic Business (e-business). This is the culmination of a process started in the early 90s when the importance of EDI (electronic data interchange) was becoming clear. The purpose is to coordinate standards work in the four organizations, as well as the needs of a number of associated user groups, so as to avoid divergent approaches and duplication in standards. A Management Group for the MoU, comprising technical groups involved in writing and in using e-business standards, meets twice a year, and has already contributed a lot to the harmonious development of e-business standards.


United Nations endorses IEC and IECEx

The United Nations, via UNECE, recommends the IEC and IECEx as the world’s best practice model for the verification of conformity to International Standards. In January 2011, it published a “Common Regulatory Framework” encompassing the use of IEC International Standards developed by IEC TC (Technical Committee) 31: Equipment for explosive atmospheres, with proof of compliance demonstrated by IECEx. The UNECE publication, Common Regulatory Framework for Equipment Used in Environments with an Explosive Atmosphere, addresses the hazards in environments with a high risk of explosion such as mines, refineries, chemical plants and mills. It can be used by countries that lack regulation in this sector as a blueprint for their legislation, and also for aligning existing national regulations with internationally harmonized best practice.