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Affiliate Country Programme

IEC Affiliates

IEC Programme for developing countries


About the National Electrotechnical Committee

What is a NEC (National Electrotechnical Committee) in an Affiliate Country?


Like an IEC NC (National Committee) of an IEC Member country, in an Affiliate Country, the NEC brings together decision-making representatives from as many national stakeholders as possible, such as power generation/distribution bodies, governmental departments dealing with electricity and electronics, the NSB (national standards body), manufacturers of electrotechnical goods, consumer associations, testing laboratories, academia and R&D (research and development), etc. The NEC studies IEC International Standards and considers their adoption either as national standards or for use as reference in national laws and regulations. Contrary to an NC of a Full or Associate Member of the IEC, which is entitled to greater participation, access and voting rights, a NEC may take a limited part in IEC technical work.


The IEC Affiliate Country Programme encourages participating countries to establish their NEC so that they benefit as much as possible from the programme. Unlike an NC, which is required to be fully representative of all stakeholders at a national level, a NEC may start with a few representative stakeholders, then involving more over time. Ideally, it ought to have high-level representatives from all the stakeholders listed above.



How an NEC operates and liaises with the IEC?


NECs can monitor and comment on specific TC (Technical Committee) or SC (Subcommittee) projects that are relevant to them. By pointing out concerns or making suggestions, they help ensure that the IEC International Standards are relevant to their countries, thus facilitating the national adoption process.


NEC representatives can also request to attend TC and SC meetings covering areas of interest to them during the IEC General Meeting. This means they hear directly about new developments in IEC work, which they can share with other NEC Members.



What are the benefits of forming a NEC?


Forming a NEC is significant as it means that national stakeholders can have a say in selecting and adopting the relevant IEC International Standards for their market. They can select relevant electrotechnical standards and then access appropriate technical information to benefit from new and emerging technologies. Finally, a NEC provides a platform for national industry to be involved with electrotechnical standardization on a global level. This is a valuable step in ensuring that the WTO (World Trade Organization) TBT (Technical Barriers to Trade) Agreement is implemented.


The IEC has developed some guidelines to help Affiliate Countries establish their NEC, and therefore fully benefit from its programme.


For more details, please download the NEC Guideline.



Guidelines to set up a National Electrotechnical Committee in an Affiliate country
Lignes directrices pour établir un Comité électrotechnique national dans un Pays affilié
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Guías para iniciar un Comité Electrotécnico Nacional en un país Afiliado
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