International Standards and Conformity Assessment for all electrical, electronic and related technologies

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Electrical safety is one of the core activities of the IEC. The IEC helps protect human lives by producing international safety standards which take into account the integrity of installations and systems and by operating CA (Conformity Assessment) Systems.

Governments want to protect their populations from unnecessary risks. Buyers want proof about a product or system's safety, performance and reliability. Users of equipment and consumers want to be able to trust the products or services they are purchasing.

IEC International Standards are the basis for conformity assessment and reduce the influx of low quality products. They make products safer, which in turn increases consumer confidence and public safety.

The IEC handles three CA Systems that enable determination of whether a product or service is what it appears to be and if a system performs as it should.


Committed to your safety

The IEC has a dedicated technical advisory committee on safety (ACOS) which guides and coordinates IEC work on safety to ensure that all IEC Standards take safety issues into account. There are also several technical committees specifically dedicated to writing International Standards on safety functions. Visit the area on safety functions for more information, including a list of the technical committees involved.

Functional safety

Every day computer controlled systems are ensuring our safety. Functional safety is about systems detecting potentially dangerous conditions and reacting to this by activating a protective or corrective device or mechanism. Find out more by visiting the Functional safety zone.

Putting safety into practice

The IEC CA Systems help to guarantee that a product or system meets the relevant IEC International Standard, meaning it will be safe to use anywhere in the world. Visit the individual Conformity Assessment Systems for more information about their work.