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

Our values

Vision & mission


Serving our markets

With the very nature and scope of its International Standards, the IEC serves a range of market sectors, from associations and business to academia and governments, among others. The IEC's culture of efficiency, responsiveness and quality enables it to continue serving the global market with the best and most relevant International Standards and CA (Conformity Assessment) Systems.

Industries are interested in the IEC because the infrastructure allows them to participate directly in the development of IEC International Standards and other publications. At the same time their experts have the opportunity to network with world renowned specialists and can stay up-to-date with the latest technology developments. The IEC CA Systems reduce trade barriers caused by countries applying different certification criteria, removing the significant delays and costs of multiple testing and approval. This allows industry to be faster and cheaper to market with its products.

Governments and regulators adopt or reference IEC International Standards in their legal documents with the knowledge that they provide the best international practices, ensuring the safety and quality of national and imported products, services and systems. Customers can then trust that the product or service they are purchasing is reliable, safe, compatible and of consistently high-quality.

Find out more about what the IEC offers your market sector by visiting the You & the IEC section.

Putting users in the driving seat

International Standards can determine whether a product, service or system will be marketable. This makes using and participating in the development of IEC International Standards a powerful strategic tool for all interested parties.

Today thousands of experts from industry, government, academia and end-user groups work together with the IEC to develop the best and most relevant International Standards for electrotechnology.

By bringing users to the forefront of IEC work, the IEC maintains market relevance, meeting its markets needs in a timely and efficient manner. The MSB (Market Strategy Board) brings together a wide range of high-level technology leaders to look at market trends and set priorities for the IEC's standardization and conformity assessment work, ensuring that market needs are met both now and in the future.