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JDMT - Committee Manager
SMB took into consideration the results and comments of the survey of TC/SC Secretaries on the name change, however, did not approve the Committee Secretary name change.
SMB noted that ISO/TMB already approved the name change and therefore requested IEC Central Office to prepare an amendment to the section “Terminology used in this document” in Part 1 of the ISO/IEC Directives to reflect to different terminology used by IEC and ISO to represent the concept of Committee Secretary.
SMB acknowledged that further collaboration is necessary on this issue, to further investigate the impact of this decision and may revisit the decision in two years.



Proposal from the Chinese NC for a new PC on Low-voltage auxiliary power systems for electric power plants and substations
SMB noted that the proposal for a new PC, Low-voltage auxiliary power systems for electric power plants and substations, had been approved by the IEC National Committees, and decided to set up PC 127, with the following initial scope:
Standardization in the fields of low-voltage auxiliary power systems for electric power plants and substations, including:

  • system design;
  • installation and acceptance;
  • commissioning;
  • operation and maintenance;
  • safety and reliability;

and excluding: nuclear power, railways and shipping.

SMB assigned the secretariat of PC 127 to China.
Comments made during the ballot process are referred to PC 127 for resolution at its first meeting.



SEG 9 Smart Home / Office Building Systems
SMB agreed with the recommendation of SEG 9 to extend its lifetime for a period of two years, noting the strategic importance of this work for the IEC and the urgency for it to be completed as soon as possible.
SEG 9 is requested to provide an interim report by SMB meeting 168 in June 2020.
SMB further agreed that the involvement of additional TC/SCs in the work of SEG 9 will be instrumental to a successful outcome and encouraged TC 72, TC 79, TC 100, SyC AAL,
JTC 1/SC 25 and ISO/TC 205 to actively participate in its programme of work. SMB asked SEG 9 to have an indication of this participation by SMB meeting 167 in February 2020.



SEG 8 Communication Technologies & Architectures of Electrotechnical Systems
SMB agreed with the recommendation of SEG 8 to establish a SyC with an initial title - Communication Technologies & Architectures - and the following initial scope:

  • Facilitate and advise in the domain of communication technologies and architectures to advance and harmonize communication technology related activities in the IEC according to clause 2 in AC/22/2017.
  • Facilitate outreach and influence the work on communication technologies and architectures with other SDOs and industry consortia, in collaboration with SG 13.

SMB agreed with the initial list of tasks and deliverables given in Recommendation A.2 and requested the SyC to include in its scope a clear indication that the work needs to be performed in close coordination and cooperation with TC/SCs.
SMB requested SEG 8 to prepare the proposal for the new SyC for approval by the IEC National Committees.
SMB thanked SEG 8 for its work and agreed for it to be disbanded once the SyC holds its first meeting.



ahG 78 Revision of IEC Guide 108
SMB noted that IEC Guide 108 had been approved by the IEC National Committees. Comments received during the ballot will be taken into account for the next revision of IEC Guide 108.
SMB invited Advisory Committees to take into account IEC Guide 108 in their ongoing work.
SMB further acknowledged the work performed in the ISO/TMB Task Force on Foundational Standards and looked forward to further opportunities to harmonize the concept and processes for a horizontal deliverable/publication.
SMB thanked ahG 78 for its work and disbanded it.



Use of term "mandatory" in IEC Guides
SMB decided to no longer use the term “mandatory Guide” in IEC Guides, and requested DMT to:

  • propose an approach whereby we avoid the term “mandatory Guide” by using reference in the Directives to relevant IEC Guides; and
  • develop elements that should be included in those IEC Guides, which are referenced in the Directives (e.g. “shall”, “should”).

SMB further requested Advisory Committees to hold the publication of any revision work for relevant Guides until DMT recommendations have been approved by SMB.



Proposal from the Japanese NC for a new PC on Binary Generation Systems
SMB noted that the proposal for a new PC, Binary Generation Systems, had been approved by the NCs and decided to set up PC 126, with the following provisional scope:
Define the normalized conditions that can estimate the power generation efficiency of a binary power generation system. This includes heat source conditions (temperature, flow rate) and cooling conditions (temperature, flow rate).
This applies to systems of less than 100 kW in capacity, using hot water created by renewable energy or wasted heat in the industrial field. As far as systems with greater capacity are concerned, this will be studied in the discussion.
SMB assigned the secretariat of PC 126 to Japan.
Comments made during the ballot process are referred to PC 126 for resolution at its first meeting.



Proposal from the Belgium NC for a new TC on Personal e-Transporters (PETs)
SMB noted that the proposal for a new TC, Personal e-Transporters (PETs), had been approved by the NCs and decided to set up TC 125, with the following provisional scope:
Standardization for use on the road or in the public space of electrically powered transport devices (i.e. no human (propulsion) power input) and where the speed control and/or the steering control is electrical/electronic.
This means, standardization in the field of PETs, including:

  • safety and reliability (both electrical and functional)
  • protection against hazards (such as fire and explosion hazards, ingress of water)
  • maintenance
  • docking stations for public use
  • recharging
  • recycling

Exclusions: standardization of electrical bicycles, motorbikes, mopeds and cars is excluded from the scope because they are handled by other TCs: TC 69, ISO/TC 149, ISO/TC 22. Standardization of PETs for home use is excluded because they are handled by TC 59 and TC 61.
SMB assigned the secretariat of TC 125 to Belgium.
Comments made during the ballot process are referred to TC 125 for resolution at its first meeting.



ahG 81 Electric vehicle and infrastructure landscaping
SMB confirmed the setting up of SEG 11, Future Sustainable Transportation, and referred the comments provided in SMB/6639A/RV to SEG 11.
The mission of SEG 11 will be to examine the needs to support the world’s transition to sustainable transportation in developed and developing economies.
SEG 11 is requested to draft a roadmap/landscape on “Future Sustainable Transportation”, taking into account global requirements (e.g. safe, clean, affordable) and new technologies (e.g. autonomous, e-vehicle, IoT) which are relevant to IEC technical activities.
Initial scope:

  • Collect best practices and use cases of public, shared transportation for developed and developing economies
  • Engage with TC/SCs including ISO and other market stakeholders on status and use of existing standards and on the need for new standards related to Future Sustainable Transportation
  • Formulate recommendations to SMB as appropriate
  • Carry out outreach activities to attract new stakeholders for IEC’s technical work

Convenor: CN
SMB thanked ahG 81 for its work and disbanded it.



ahG 80 Clarification of Systems Concepts
SMB noted that the Operational Model for Systems Committees (SyCs), including an item on the value of Systems Reference Deliverables (SRDs), had been approved and would be included in a future edition of the ISO/IEC Directives.
SMB requested Central Office to develop guidance material and organize training on the concepts for all concerned.
SMB thanked ahG 80 for its work and disbanded it.



CAG - ahG 84 Sustainable Development Goals
SMB set up ahG 84, Sustainable Development Goals, with the following scope:

  • Educate, inform and motivate IEC community
  • Explore combining conformity assessment schemes with standards for SDGs
  • Explore ways for TCs to include reference to SDGs in their work/reports

SMB further invited Central Office to provide additional inputs on SDG-related activities and follow-up on them. SMB invited CAB to participate.
Convenor: Vimal Mahendru (IN)



ISO/TMB Resolution on Foundational Standards
SMB noted the invitation to create a Joint Task Force on Foundational Standards but instead appointed Mr Jos Remy, CA and UK experts to participate as representatives from SMB in the ISO Task Force.
SMB noted that the concept of Foundational Standards could be largely covered by Horizontal Publications used in IEC.



Proposal from the Belgian NC for a new TC on E-assisted transport modes
SMB thanked the IEC Treasurer, Mr Jo Cops, for presenting the proposal on behalf of the Belgian NC.
SMB decided to circulate the proposal, taking into account the comments received and following the process to hold a webconference as described in SMB Decision 163/6, for a new TC for formal ballot to National Committees.



Proposal from the Japanese NC for a new TC (or PC) on Binary Generation Systems
SMB noted that a proposal on combined heat and power systems had been received a few years ago, but that no further action had been taken.
SMB recommended that the proposal for setting up of a PC should be circulated for formal approval by the National Committees, noting that the setting up of a PC would allow SMB to determine in two years whether further work might be needed



Proposal from the Chinese NC for a new TC on Low-voltage auxiliary power systems for electric power plants and substations
SMB recommended that the proposal from the Chinese NC should preferably be changed to propose the setting up of a PC and invited the Chinese NC to make corresponding changes in the proposal, and follow the process to hold a webconference as described in SMB Decision 163/6, prior to circulation for formal approval by the National Committees, noting that the setting up of a PC would allow SMB to determine in two years whether further work might be needed.



ahG 80 Clarification of Systems Concepts
SMB noted that the recommendations made by ahG 80 had been approved. The question of allowing SyCs to develop TRs, TSs and PAS was discussed in the SMB/CAG and SMB confirmed that SyCs could not publish deliverables other than ISs and SRDs.
SMB requested ahG 80 to finalize the operational manual, taking into account, where possible, the comments made by SMB members.
The continuation of ahG 80 was limited to finalization of the operational manual and responses to the comments made by SMB and reviewed during the SMB/CAG, and to specifically clarify the role and value of SRDs as a deliverable.
The ahG was requested to finish its work in time for approval at SMB 164.



ahG 79 Autonomous Systems - Ethics
SMB confirmed the setting up of SEG 10, Ethics in Autonomous and Artificial Intelligence Applications, and referred the comments compiled in SMB/6519/CC to SEG 10.
Initial Scope:

  • Identify ethical issues and societal concerns relevant to IEC technical activities
  • Formulate recommendations to SMB as appropriate
  • Develop broadly applicable guidelines for IEC committees on ethical aspects related to autonomous and/or AI applications
  • Ensure work consistency across IEC committees and foster cooperation with JTC  1/SC  42
  • Consider any change needed in the IEC Use Case Template to address ethical issues and societal concerns
  • Set up a relevant forum during an upcoming IEC General Meeting and invite other relevant actors on this matter to participate on the discussion such as the academia

SMB strongly encouraged SEG 10 to ensure participation by JTC 1/SC 42 and to coordinate with OCEANIS.
Co-Convenors: CN and DE
SMB thanked ahG 79 for its work and disbanded it.



Handling of proposals for new fields of activity
SMB noted that ISO/TMB had initiated running a webconference when proposals for new fields of activity were received and decided to trial a similar process.
SMB would invite the proposer to present the proposal to those members of SMB who were interested, as well as other interested TC/SCs.



Use of term “mandatory” in IEC
SMB requested Central Office to provide background information on relevant previous decisions on the use of the term “mandatory” in Guides and provide recommendations on potential updating.

SMB thanked ahG 75 for its work and disbanded it.



IEC/ISO/ITU Task Force on effective collaboration
SMB noted the proposals made by the Joint Task Force on Effective Collaboration (JTFEC) and accepted the recommendations with the following remarks:

1. SMB emphasizes that the proposed SPCG is not a decision-making body and can only make recommendations to SMB. Consequently, on page 2, final bullet, the SMB does not report back to the SPCG but keeps it informed.
SMB also requested that references to “strategic” be changed to “standardization” to remain within scope of SMB.
SMB also requested that to avoid leaving administration of the SPCG to two of the three organizations, the secretaries of all three organizations should be involved.
SMB also suggested that creation of joint groups was to be encouraged, but not necessarily joint committees.
SMB referred these comments to the SPCG for resolution.

2. SMB will review the results of the work of the SPCG after 12 months (June 2019) to determine whether this is the most efficient way of achieving the results needed.

3. This decision is subject to final review of the implications by CB.

4. SMB thanked the JTFEC for its work and disbanded it.



Letter from FinCom
In response to the letter from FinCom dated 2018-05-22 concerning financial input from SMB, it was agreed to set up ahG 83, Financial input from SMB, with the task of reporting on:

1. Estimated costs and anticipated return on investment for activities in the Masterplan Implementation.

2. Anticipated growth or decrease in SMB activities or special/new projects for 2020, 2021, 2022 that might impact IEC income or expenses and anticipated return on investment detailing the anticipated activity, the anticipated financial impact and the expected year for each expected growth/decrease.

3. Any deviations from previously communicated information.

4. Providing guidance to SMB entities that need to provide input.

The ahG should report back to SMB once per year, the first time being for October 2018, SMB meeting 163.



Appointment of SyC Chairs
SMB agreed to adopt “Option 1” as the process for the appointment of SyC Chairs.
The P-members of the SyC will be requested to apply the procedure used for TC/SCs.

The Central Office will propose the candidate having the most votes for approval by SMB.



Review of remote participation at TC/SC meetings
SMB noted the information provided and decided to extend the trial for 1 year. It requested ahG 76 to review the situation in the light of the draft Masterplan Implementation Plan.



Appointment of SyC Smart Manufacturing Chair & Secretariat
SMB agreed that it would not be feasible to appoint a Chair with a two-thirds majority, but that for the credibility of SMB and IEC it was essential to reach a compromise solution acceptable to all concerned.
SMB tasked the DE and US NC to jointly take the leadership of the SyC Smart Manufacturing for an initial period of 6 years.
To implement this, SMB agreed to assign the secretariat of SyC Smart Manufacturing to the US NC and to assign the Chair to the DE NC (Dr Udo Bausch). The Central Office will assign the Systems technical officer to support the work of the SyC.

The assignment of the secretariat and Chair to an NC for an SyC is a pilot project, which does not prejudice any future decision on the subject.



ahG 75 Working with consortia
SMB noted that the recommendations from ahG 75, Working with consortia, had been approved and established a new Strategic Group, SG 13, Working with consortia, with the scope given in SMB/6423/R.

SMB thanked ahG 75 for its work and disbanded it.



TC 61 report - meeting fees
SMB noted the proposals made by TC 61 and confirmed previous decisions taken with regards to meeting fees, that is that fees for attending any kind of TC, WG, PT, MT etc. meeting are not permitted.
SMB requested Central Office to re-publicize the existence of the meeting bank (see AC/15/2016).


Electric vehicle and infrastructure landscaping
SMB agreed to set up ahG 81, Electric vehicle and infrastructure landscaping, with the task of preparing a high-level set of proposals for IEC activity in the area of electric vehicles. The proposals should consider allowing broader participation from all stakeholders, notably the vehicle industry.
The ahG should report back in time for SMB meeting 163 in October 2018, in Busan.


Systems Approach - Concepts
SMB approved the setting up of ahG 80, Clarification of Systems Concepts, with the following tasks:

  1. Facilitate the cooperation between SyCs and TCs, including the organization of a workshop to understand the challenges facing each
  2. Clarify the status of SRDs (Systems Resource Documents)
  3. Identify the conditions under which SyCs can prepare IEC deliverables

Relevant SyC, SEG, SRG and TC Officers can be invited at the discretion of the Convenor.
The ahG should report back to SMB in time for SMB meeting 163, October 2018, in Busan.


Autonomous systems - Ethics
SMB agreed to setup ahG 79, Autonomous Systems - Ethics, with the task of assessing the role of IEC and standards in addressing ethics, trust and values particularly in autonomous systems, and making recommendations to SMB on how best to deal with the subject in IEC.
The review should consider the work of JTC 1/SC 42 (Artificial intelligence), ACART, ACOS, TC 59, TC 100, SyC  AAL, SyC Smart Cities, IEEE, ISO and others.
The ahG is asked to report back by SMB meeting 163 in October 2018, in Busan.


SEG 7 Smart Manufacturing
SMB agreed with the recommendations of SEG 7 and decided:
To establish an SyC with an initial title, Smart Manufacturing and the following initial scope - To provide coordination and advice in the domain of Smart Manufacturing to harmonize and advance Smart Manufacturing activities in the IEC, other SDOs and Consortia according to clause 2 in AC/22/2017.
SMB agreed with the defined tasks and deliverables given in Recommendation A.3 and recommended that the SyC take note of the on-going work in other IEC and ISO TC/SCs related to Smart Manufacturing.
SMB agreed with the SEG 7 recommendation to set up a Joint IEC/ISO “Smart Manufacturing Standards Map” Task Force, as recommended by ISO/TMB.
SMB requested SEG 7 to prepare the proposal for the setting up of the new SyC, thanked it for its work, and agreed for it to be disbanded once the SyC holds its first meeting.



ahG 77 Digital Transformation
SMB agreed to set up SG 12, Digital Transformation, with the following tasks:

  • Define the aspects of the Digital Transformation that are relevant to the IEC and standardization activities;
  • Identify emerging trends, technologies and practices needed for the development, delivery and use of IEC's work;
  • Provide a link between IEC's activities and those of external entities (e.g. ISO, ITU, etc.) and the technical work under supervision of IEC;
  • Provide a platform for relevant discussion and collaboration with internal and external participation.

The SG is invited to provide an initial report for SMB 162 in June 2018.
SMB thanked ahG 77 for its work and disbanded it.



ahG 75 Working with consortia
SMB approved the four recommendations from ahG 75:

  • Request Central Office to develop communications and outreach material conveying the benefits to consortia of working with IEC.
  • Request ahG 75 to develop a guideline for TC/SCs to explain the options, processes and expectations of cooperation with consortia;
  • Request Central Office to identify and name a contact with the task of facilitating cooperation with consortia;
  • Request ahG 75 to work with Central Office to help develop the material for item 1 (communications and outreach material).

AhG 75 is requested to deliver its final report for consideration at SMB 162 in June 2018.



ahG 74 Dual referencing and profiles
SMB approved the three recommendations from ahG 74:

  • Request DMT in coordination with JDMT to develop a definition for "profiles";
  • Request DMT to propose a new subclause in clause 6 of the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 2;
  • Request Central Office to develop a guidance document for TC/SCs on their use, limits and the relation to other existing instruments.

SMB thanked ahG 74 for its work and disbanded it.



CAG - Cooperation and Coordination with ISO
SMB took note of the setting up of the ISO/TMB task force dealing with cooperation between IEC, ISO and ITU and encouraged the SMB participants to take into account the requirements of the IEC Masterplan Implementation during the discussions.
SMB agreed that to strengthen contacts between SMB and TMB members, an informal meeting in the style of the CAG, with ISO/TMB members would be welcomed and asked Central Office to work with ISO/CS to organize this as soon as possible.
SMB also requested Central Office to ensure that adequate and appropriate methods of interacting with ISO are in place and that IEC TC/SC officers, IEC TOs and other relevant IEC groups are aware of them.



CAG – Hot Topic Radar
SMB agreed to set up a Strategic Group, SG 11, Hot Topic Radar, to proactively monitor emerging issues, including technological changes and other challenges to the technical work of IEC.

Its tasks include the definition of a process and its implementation to:

  • detect and maintain a list of hot topics,
  • recommend further steps to SMB.

In future SG 11 will communicate closely with corresponding initiatives in MSB and CAB.

SMB appointed Mr Emmanuel Petit (FR) as Convenor.

SG 11 is invited to report back at least once per year to SMB, starting with SMB 162 meeting in June 2018.


CAG – Digital Transformation
SMB agreed to set up ahG 77 Digital Transformation with the task of elaborating the scope of a possible permanent group with the following tasks:

  • Consult SMB and IEC TC/SC/SyCs on possible ways to implement a digital transformation for the future.
  • Provide a platform for discussion and workshops with internal and external participation.
  • Investigate links to IEC internal and external activities and the technical work under supervision of IEC.
  • The issues to be reviewed include, but are not limited to: societal and cultural developments, a holistic review of standards and standards development, an inventory of technologies available to assist standards and standards development, what opportunities are offered to IEC.

SMB appointed Mr Tony Zertuche (US) as Convenor.

The ahG is invited to report back at SMB meeting 160 in Vladivostok.




CAG – TC/SC Statistics
SMB confirmed the existing list of indicators.

SMB agreed that for each TC/SC concerned, following identification through the indicators, a single dossier comprising this information will be provided. In addition to the existing indicators the following information will be included:

  • The criteria that triggered the appearance
  • Number of P-members
  • Officers (Secretary/Chair/Technical Officer)
  • Comment of the NC holding the Secretariat
  • Record of correspondence with TC (including lack of response)
  • Options for resolution from
    • TC if available
    • IEC/CO
    • Target TC



Novel ways of working with consortia
SMB congratulated the group which had developed the report.
SMB agreed to set up ahG 75, Working with consortia, with the objective of taking the findings made in the report and further develop them as recommendations for SMB, with an emphasis on practical steps for dealing with consortia.
The ahG should also address options for the mid- to long-term activities of the IEC.
The ahG is invited to report back at SMB meeting 160 in Vladivostok in October 2017.
Convenor: Mr Thomas Korssell (SE)

pdf file SMB/6037/INF


Follow-up to SMB Decision 156/21 - Review of TC/SC statistics
SMB noted the recommendations made in document SMB/6035/DC and decided:

  • For TC 5, Steam turbines, wait for a secretariat to be assigned and instruct the secretariat to prepare a proposal for activities in TC 5 and to ensure that all activities currently in progress are made visible on the work programme. This information is vital to present the activities of the TC. The secretariat shall report back to SMB for meeting 160 in October 2017 in Vladivostok.
  • For TC 28, Insulation coordination, to merge into TC 99, System engineering and erection of electrical power installations in systems with nominal voltages above 1 kV a.c. and 1,5 kV d.c., particularly concerning safety aspects.
  • For TC 70, Degrees of protection provided by enclosures, put into standby by 2017-06-01 unless some activity is undertaken by then.
  • For TC 73, Short-circuit currents, put into standby.
  • For TC 99, System engineering and erection of electrical power installations in systems with nominal voltages above 1 kV a.c. and 1,5 kV d.c., particularly concerning safety aspects, is requested to include the activities of TC 28 and revise its structure accordingly, including scope, SBP, work programme etc.
  • For SC 59A, Electric dishwashers, SC 59C, Heating appliances, SC 59M, Performance of electrical household and similar cooling and freezing appliances, SMB instructed TC 59 to carry out a complete review of its structure, in particular its SCs, to ensure an optimum use of resources. TC 59 is requested to report back to SMB meeting 160 in October 2017.
  • In addition, ACTAD is tasked with making proposals for an optimum structure of HV activity, including consultation with all TCs and SyCs concerned, taking into account relevant parts of this decision. ACTAD is requested to report back to SMB meeting 161 in February 2018.



Proposal from the Korean NC for a new TC on Wearable Electronic Devices and Technologies
SMB noted that the proposal for a new TC 124, Wearable Electronic Devices and Technologies, had been approved, with the following provisional scope:
Standardization in the field of wearable electronic devices and technologies which include patchable materials and devices, implantable materials and devices, edible materials and devices, and electronic textile materials and devices.
Excluded: Standardization for specific items in the field of the following IEC TCs: TC 47, TC 62, TC 100, TC 108, TC 110, TC 119, SyC AAL and relevant areas of JTC 1.
SMB assigned the secretariat of TC 124 to Korea.
Comments made during the ballot process are referred to the TC for resolution at its first meeting.

pdf file C/1998/DV


ahG 73 - Translations at CDV and FDIS
SMB decided to leave the existing process unchanged, allowing 6 weeks for translation at the CDV stage and no time for translation at the FDIS stage.
In three years’ time, at SMB meeting 167, SMB will remove all times for translations, and publish translations of both drafts and final publications if, and when, these become available, on condition that the translation technology permits this action of removal of translation times.
Central Office, in consultation with relevant NCs, will continuously review and report the status of translation technologies.
SMB thanked ahG 73 for its work and disbanded it.



ahG 66 - Smart Home/Office Building Systems
SMB agreed to set up SEG 9, Smart Home/Office Building Systems, with the tasks:

  • Evaluate technology trends and market evolution trends.
  • Review the inventory of existing standards and standardization projects within the IEC and external to the IEC, and advise the SMB where duplication of activity and potential dilution of technical resources is occurring.
  • Evaluate and prioritize gaps in standardization.
  • Recommend to the SMB the structure most appropriate for standardization of Smart Home/Office Building Systems.

SMB appointed Mr Kim Craig (AU) as Convenor of SEG 9.
SMB thanked ahG 66 for its work and disbanded it.

pdf file SMB/6030/R


SG 9 Communications technologies
SMB agreed to set up SEG 8, Communication Technologies and Architectures of Electrotechnical Systems, with the tasks:

  • Assess, provide an overview and prioritization of the evolution of technical development and standardization in the field of communication technologies and architectures.
  • Develop a sustainable process for incorporating communication technologies into relevant IEC committees.

SMB noted recommendations A2 and A3, and decided that A2 was a matter for individual TC/SCs to consider. A3 will be referred to SEG 8.
SMB thanked SG 9 for its work and disbanded it.

pdf file SMB/6032/R


SyC LVDC and LVDC for Electricity Access
SMB noted that the proposal for a new SyC on LVDC and LVDC for Electricity Access had been approved (C/2008/RV).
SMB, noting that a single proposal for the Chair of the SyC had been received, appointed
Mr Vimal Mahendru (IN) as Chair of the SyC for an initial 3-year period.

pdf file C/1996/DV


CAG - IEC and IEEE referencing
SMB took note of the difficulties raised by TC 14 in its resolution of dual referencing of IEC and IEEE documents.
SMB decided to set up ahG 74, Dual referencing and profiles, with the task of making proposals to ensure that such situations can be dealt with in the future.
The ahG is requested to provide the SMB with a list of possible options to deal with technological and/or regional profiles.
The ahG is invited to report back at SMB meeting 160 in Vladivostok in October 2017.
Convenor: Mr Tony Capel (CA)



ahG 67 - TC/SC Minutes Trial
SMB, following discussions in the CAG, approved the recommendations of ahG 67 and agreed to keep ahG 67 in existence with the task of monitoring the implementation of the recommendations with the support of IEC CO.
SMB agreed that the current SMB report to CB, with the Decision Lists and a list of Actions is sufficient to report the activity of SMB.
TC/SCs, SyCs, SEGs or other SMB Groups are required as a minimum to publish Decision Lists with Actions within one week after their meetings.
SMB decided to require the deadline for publishing any additional meeting reports required by the TC/SC, SyC, SEG or other SMB Group, as well as the RSMB, to be 4 weeks following the meeting (previously 3 months).
TC/SCs are encouraged to work with ahG 67 to participate and benefit from the trial process.
SMB thanked the Young Professionals for having proposed this work and for having followed through with active participation in ahG 67.
The trial will run until SMB meeting 160 (October 2017, Vladivostok).

pdf file SMB/5947/R


ahG 60 - Disruptive technologies
SMB noted that MSB had reviewed the report made by ahG 60, but, whilst it is sensitive to the issue, is not resourced or structured to carry out continuous review of disruptive technologies. However, SMB members requested that this issue be included as a strategic item in the new IEC Masterplan.
SMB members are invited to draw the attention of the secretariat to potentially disruptive technologies of which they are aware and to propose presentations, such as those received on “Wearable smart devices”, “LVDC”, “The Intelligent Automotive Challenge” over the last few years.
SMB referred the issue of TEGs (Technical Evaluation Groups) to ahG 70, Review of Systems activities, and invited ahG 70 to consider renaming SEGs to “Standardization Evaluation Groups” and include the function envisioned for TEGs as a part of the broader SEG purpose.
SMB thanked ahG 60 for its important, ground-breaking work and disbanded it.



ACSEC - Italian comment on SMB/5916/R - Checkboxes
SMB, noting the Italian comment on checkboxes, regarding their additional burden and marginal benefits, decided to remove all existing checkboxes from the cover of existing forms.



SG 10 - Wearable Smart Devices
SMB congratulated SG 10 on the production of its final report.
SMB supported the setting-up of a new TC with the provisional title “Wearable electronic devices and technologies” and, noting that the Korean NC had already prepared a proposal for the new TC, asked the Korean NC to take into account the comments made and formally submit the proposal for voting to all NCs.
SMB invited the proposed new TC to work closely with ISO, ITU and ETSI.
SMB thanked SG 10 for its work and disbanded it.

pdf file SMB/5937/R


SEG 4 - Low Voltage Direct Current Applications, Distribution and Safety for use in Developed and Developing Economies
SMB congratulated SEG 4 on the production of its final report. SMB supported the setting-up of an SyC on LVDC and LVDC for electricity access, and requested SEG 4 to prepare the proposal for circulation and vote by all National Committees (NCs).
SMB supported the transition plan for SEG 4 and agreed to disband it once the proposed new SyC had met.
SMB invited IEC CO to investigate methods of publishing the final report of SEG 4, for example as a brochure, which would be publicly available.

pdf file SMB/5932/R
pdf file SMB/5958/R


CAG - Translations at CDV and FDIS stages
SMB discussed the possibility of eliminating translations in the standards production process. SMB agreed to ballot a proposition on eliminating translations with a document explaining the potential risks and benefits of such a step.
SMB decided to create ahG 73, Translations at CDV and FDIS, on evaluating the need for translations to prepare this ballot.
Convenor: Jos Remy, NL, Members: CA, ES, DE, US, JP, IT, KR, FR, RU, AFSEC, CENELEC and IEC CO.
The ahG should prepare the report back in time for an SMB ballot to be circulated before SMB meeting 158.



CAG - Liaisons with IEC CA systems
SMB agreed to permit TC/SCs to establish liaisons with the IEC CA systems when appropriate. These should be handled in a similar manner to normal internal IEC liaisons.



CAG - Conformity Assessment Issues - Interpretation
SMB clarified that any interpretation must be undertaken through a formal process by a TC/SC, including a decision or the formation of an interpretation group designated for this function.
DMT is requested to implement changes in the relevant clauses of the ISO/IEC Directives.



CAG - Horizontal Standards
SMB noted that horizontal standards should be considered as tools rather than as a burden and that some clarification is needed on their selection and use.
SMB agreed to set up ahG 72, Horizontal Standards, to review the role of horizontal standards with the following tasks:
- Review and clearly define what is a horizontal standard, normative and informative guides, and basic safety or EMC publications
- Examine the current list of horizontal standards and determine if any removals from the list are appropriate
- Provide guidance on each type of standard and criteria for their use
- Recommend how to engage stakeholders in TC/SCs early and communicate how horizontal standards should be used
The group should also review the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 1, Annex A.1 and Guide 108 to ensure they are consistent with the emerging view on horizontal standards.
The group should also provide guidance to SMB on the criteria to determine if a standard should be designated as horizontal.
Convenor Thomas Sentko, DE. Members from: US, UK, ES, NL, JP, FR, DE
The group shall report back to SMB no later than for SMB meeting 160 (Vladivostok).



Remote participation at plenary meetings
The SMB noted the report prepared by the secretariat as well as the technical difficulties associated with remote participation in plenary TC/SC meetings. SMB agreed to continue to allow TC/SCs to make use of remote participation where needed, and to review the situation in 2 years’ time when it is hoped that many of the technology challenges will have been addressed.

pdf file SMB/5865/DC


Annual review of TC/SC statistics
The SMB decided to request the CO to prepare an annual review of all TC/SCs with clear recommendations and noting any concerns from the TOs on the future of TC/SCs on the list that needed flagging to SMB. TC/SCs appearing on the list are given one year to undertake action to address the deficiencies that put them on the list, following which the recommendations would be implemented. SMB requested that the NCs holding the secretariat of the affected TC/SCs be proactive in understanding and resolving the issues.
The SMB decided that, unless corrected, in February 2017 TC/SCs listed in items 1, 3, 4 and 5, the 6 TCs concerned would be merged into other TCs. SCs in the list would have their work transferred into WGs under the parent TC and would be disbanded.
No action would be taken for shell TCs (Item 2) taking management and organizational responsibilities for SCs reporting to them.

pdf file SMB/5866/DC


ahG 60, Disruptive technologies
SMB approved recommendations A1, A3 and A4 from ahG 60, including:

  1. Inviting MSB, through the CB, to investigate the suggestion to set up a Disruptive Technology Screening Process;
  2. Organization of a workshop on Disruptive Technologies during the IEC 2017 GM
  3. Organization of a joint IEC, ISO, ITU workshop in 2017/2018.

SMB decided that Technology Evaluation Groups (TEGs) to investigate and assess potentially disruptive technologies need further discussion, noting the SMB request of MSB as well as the relationship with other existing IEC groups.
SMB decided to maintain ahG 60 in existence with an assigned task to provide more details to SMB on the role, structure and membership of TEGs, as well as additional advice on items 2 and 3.

pdf file SMB/5875/R


CAG - Systems Committees and Technical Committees
The SMB noted that while there are some Technical Committees that engage in standardization activities at higher levels within their scope and these activities are often referred to as systems; these committees are not to be considered IEC Systems Committees. The SMB asks the DMT to examine possible language to clarify the “systems vs Systems” to better make the distinction understood.
Furthermore, the SMB noted that it reserves the authority for itself to direct committees under its governance to only the SMB. Neither Systems Committees nor Technical Committees can direct the work of the other, nor should they duplicate work. Rather, they should work collaboratively to address the needs of the IEC stakeholders and markets they serve.
SMB decided to form ahG 70, Review of Systems activities, to assess the parameters and outcomes of the Systems work so far and to recommend any adjustments needed to the parameters of the systems activities by no later than SMB 158 but with an objective of SMB 157.



CAG - Project management workshop follow-up
SMB requested DMT to propose changes to the Directives to move towards project management target dates based on market needs, rather than the fixed deadlines given in the Directives.
SMB did agree to request the DMT to evaluate the impact of increasing the NP acceptance criterion to require a 2/3 P-members voting in favour.
SMB requested to CO and NCs to ensure and provide adequate training and materials for project leaders and convenors to ensure these had the necessary skills and to develop a session on project management for the TC/SC officers workshop in Frankfurt.
SMB requested the DMT to amend the NP form to ask the proposer to provide information that emphasizes the benefits of proposed new standards to stakeholders.
SMB agreed to vote by correspondence on a proposal to shorten the translation period for CDV from 8 weeks to 6 weeks.
The SMB agreed to remove the need for allowing time for translation at the FDIS stage (translation of the text could take place during the voting period).
SMB thanked all the participants at the workshop for their contributions and was particularly appreciative of the mix of participants.



CAG - Dresden Agreement, responding to mandates
The SMB took note of the need for TC/SCs to respond quickly to requests for standards to fulfil the needs of EU mandates. SMB asked the Central Office (CO) to organize appropriate training material to be included in the Technical Officer (TO) briefings to TC/SC meetings, and also for the topic to be covered at the TC/SC officers workshop to be held in the Frankfurt 2016 GM.



CAG - Adoptions database
The SMB, following discussion at the CAG the previous day, subject to a favourable decision by the CB, decided to set up ahG 68, Adoptions, with the task of making recommendations to ensure how to maximize the probability that IEC receives the necessary information concerning adoptions of IEC publications. The ahG should make recommendations concerning the role of both NCs and TC/SCs in this function. This ahG should report back to SMB meeting 157 in Frankfurt.



Funding of IEC Interim Working Group Meetings
The SMB reaffirmed that the IEC policy on meeting fees is applicable to all IEC groups. In particular SMB confirmed that whilst it is admissible to collect voluntary contributions to offset meeting costs, these cannot be mandatory and confirmed delegates and members of TC/SCs and WGs/PTs/MTs are allowed to participate in official IEC meetings without being obliged to pay meeting fees, hotel fees, or hotel room surcharges.
In all cases the cost of meeting room hire shall be covered by the host. Any requirement to stay in specified hotels, pay bundled hotel rates or other fees of this type is not allowed. Whilst sponsorships may be solicited, meeting invitations which include fees of any kind are not allowed.
National Committees shall be notified on the organization of all meetings (TC/SC or WG/PT/MT) to be held in their country. It is recommended that NCs ensure that funding for all meetings is assured by the organizers.
Maximum use should be made of available tools (Meeting bank, MRS, checklists, etc.) and the IEC CO technical department is asked to prepare checklists for hosting of TC/SC meetings and one for WG/PT/MT meetings.
Organizers of meetings are reminded to provide the basic necessities for the meeting as described in the IEC meeting guide.
The IEC IT department is urged to make the MRS system available to WGs/PTs/MTs with all possible speed.



Procedures for the submission of Questions of Principle
The SMB confirmed that SCs report to their parent TCs and that any Questions of Principle can only be submitted by TCs. SCs, even when meeting separately, must submit QPs through their parent TCs.
The DMT is asked to draft appropriate directives language using the instructions given in the RSMB form and from comments of the SMB members.



Presentation by Ricardo Nava, IEC Young Professional Leader
The SMB invited a small number of TCs to consider a trial of production and approval of the meeting report in the course of a TC or SC plenary and agreed to establish ahG 67, TC/SC Minutes Trial, to develop the necessary guidelines and monitor any exceptions needed for the trial.

pdf file SMB/5774/INF


Smart Home/Office Building Systems
The SMB decided to set up ahG 66, Smart Home/Office Building Systems, to review all activities in IEC and in other organizations related to electrical installations in home/office buildings and to make recommendations on systems work in this area. The ahG should report back by SMB meeting 158 in February 2017.



Change to SMB Decision 154/13, A.5.f, Direct publication of CDVs
The SMB noted the presentation by the SMB Secretary and agreed that the intention was to pass straight to the publication stage from CDV in cases where no technical changes were being made and to make use of the FDIS stage in cases where the CDV had been approved, but technical changes were to be introduced to the document.
SMB invited its secretariat to convey this message to ISO/TMB and to ask the DMT (or ideally JDMT) to make the appropriate changes to the Directives, Part 1.



Task Force on the revision of the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 2
The SMB noted that the revision of the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 2 had been approved for publication and thanked the members of Task Force for their hard work.
The SMB invites the ISO/TMB to concur with this decision.
The Task Force is disbanded.



JDMT ISO/IEC Joint Directives Maintenance Team
The SMB agreed to proposals 1-8 and 10-13 from the JDMT. These concern:
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)
Concerning item A.9, Update 2.14.2b) on the stage at which patent declarations shall be made, this was not accepted by SMB and the existing text therefore remains unchanged.
The ISO/TMB is invited to concur.



Presentation SRG
The SMB thanked Ms Manyphay Viengkham for her presentation on the role, mission, strategy and roadmap for the Systems Resource Group (SRG).
The SMB also noted the strong support and participation of the IEC Central Office staff and asked that the SRG related projects continue to be considered of strategic and high priority in the allocation of IEC CO resources.
SMB encouraged the SRG to continue its work on the UCMR (Use Case Management Repository) and, in particular, was keen to see this extended to be able to cover the work of all of the IEC.

pdf file SMB/5798/INF


SyC Electrotechnical Aspects of Smart Cities
The SMB confirmed the setting up of the SyC Electrotechnical Aspects of Smart Cities, with a secretariat from IEC CO. The comments received during the ballot, including those from ISO/TMB members, are referred to the SyC, to be resolved during its first meeting.
SMB appointed Dr Fumio Ueno, JP, as Chair of the SyC.

pdf file SMB/5691/INF,
pdf file SMB/5748A/INF


CAG - Review of IEC Deliverables
As a follow-up to the recommendations from ahG 58 on TS and PAS, the SMB agreed to set up ahG 64, Review of IEC Deliverables, with the task of reviewing all IEC Deliverables to determine whether they meet current needs of all stakeholders and to make corresponding recommendations to the SMB.
Convenor Hervé Rochereau (FR), members: SMB Chair (Mr. Jim Matthews), US, GB, NL, JP, IT, and DE.
SMB asked its secretariat to convey this decision to ISO/TMB and invited TMB to nominate a representative to participate.
The ahG is requested to report back for SMB meeting 157, deadline end August 2016.



CAG - DIS and FDIS ballots in JTC 1
The SMB agreed that in principle ballots of DIS (Enquiry Drafts) and FDIS in JTC 1 should take place at the SC level, in the same way as they do in other TCs in both IEC and ISO and requested JTC 1 to take steps to move in this direction.
SMB invited ISO/TMB to concur.



CAG - Directives Supplement
The SMB confirmed the general principle of reducing the procedural divergences between IEC and ISO and minimizing the material contained in the IEC Supplement to the Directives. In addition, the SMB confirmed the intention over time to reduce the number of special annexes to the Directives.
SMB also approved the proposal to prepare an integrated version of the Directives, with all material (Part 1 and the Supplement) in a single document.



Industry participation in feedback loop from conformity assessment to standards development
SMB noted the proposals made in document SMB/5672/INF. It decided to set up ahG 63, Industry participation in feedback loop from conformity assessment to standards development, jointly with CAB. The task would be to review the existing mechanisms for industry feedback from CA to standards development and, if necessary, make recommendations for improvements. The ahG should report back to SMB in time for discussion at SMB meeting 156 in June 2016.
Co-Convenor: Thomas Sentko (DE), Secretary: Rémy Baillif, members from NL, KR, GB, SE, RU, FR, CN, BR, AU and JP.

pdf file SMB/5672/INF


Space Technology
The SMB, noting that IEC CO had been given a list of work items in CEN/CENELEC TC 5 on Space Technology, set up ahG 62, Review of CEN/CENELEC TC 5 electrotechnology work items, with the task of reviewing the work programme of the TC and determining which work items might be of interest to IEC and which IEC TC/SCs would be concerned.
The ahG should report back at SMB meeting 155 in February 2016.
Convenor: Alexander Zazhigalkin (RU), members: US, DE, FR, CN, IN and CENELEC.



ahG 58 - Standardization project management
The SMB noted the comments made by SMB on the report and agreed that the recommendation below should be implemented:
A.9 Use of PAS and Technical Specifications
The SMB is asked to review the process for developing the TS deliverable and to consider a new name / branding. The inclusion of the term “pre-Standard” is suggested.

pdf file SMB/5633/R,
pdf file SMB/5633A/RV


ahG 58 - Standardization project management
The SMB noted the comments made by SMB on the report and agreed that the recommendation below should be implemented:
A.7 Training
AhG 58 recommends making use of the Frankfurt GM in 2016, which is a large GM with many TCs, to hold training sessions for both TC/SC officers and project editors and invites the IEC CO to work with the hosts to find an appropriate slot. IEC CO should provide the materials in advance.
IEC CO is requested to prepare a package for all convenors and project leaders, comprising checklists, flowcharts and contacts for questions.

pdf file SMB/5633/R,
pdf file SMB/5633A/RV


ahG 58 - Standardization project management
The SMB noted the comments made by SMB on the report and agreed that the recommendation below should be implemented:
A.6 Project Planning Tool
The SMB requested that the Central Office develop a tool to be given to project leaders so they can plan the stages of their project with confidence and high probability of success consistent with the description found in Clause B7 of the ahG 58 report. The objective would be to finalize a prototype by the end of 2015, with trials by selected TCs in Q1 of 2016, and a formal rollout by mid-year 2016.

pdf file SMB/5633/R,
pdf file SMB/5633A/RV


ahG 58 - Standardization project management
The SMB noted the comments made by SMB on the report and agreed that the recommendation below should be implemented:
A.5 Voting periods
A.5.a) The SMB is asked to endorse the change to weeks instead of months for expression of voting intervals and deadlines.
A.5.b) At the NP stage, when there is only an outline to review and where an existing group is effectively making the proposal, the TC/SC officers, in consultation with the proposer and the Office of the CEO, may propose a 4 weeks NP vote. This process is intended to be used exceptionally and the default remains the normal 12 weeks vote.
A.5.c) At the CD stage the TC/SC officers may choose between 8, 12 and 16 weeks (no change).
A.5.d) At the CDV stage the voting period is 12 weeks (no change), however the ahG also asks the SMB to officially reaffirm the CAG discussions eliminating the 5 month CDV option since it is no longer practiced across the IEC.
A.5.e) At the FDIS stage, ahG 58 recommends shortening the voting period to 6 weeks.
A.5.f) AhG 58 also recommends promotion of direct publication of CDVs by removing the requirement in the IEC Directives Supplement (deleting subclause 2.6.4) and the IEC exception in the IEC Directives, Part 1, 2.6.4, 1st bullet. CO is asked to monitor the use of technical changes and report to the SMB.

pdf file SMB/5633/R,
pdf file SMB/5633A/RV


ahG 58 - Standardization project management
A.4 Use of CD
The SMB agreed that the provision of the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 1, 2.5.1, requiring technical comments to be submitted at the CD stage be strictly implemented. In the case of an NP which includes a complete draft, it is expected that technical comments are made on the draft at the same time as submission of the NP vote, the whole objective of having a draft submitted with the NP being to skip the CD if possible.
The SMB decided that the submission of comments on a CD (or an NP with draft attached) shall be a requirement for P-members.

pdf file SMB/5633/R,
pdf file SMB/5633A/RV


ahG 58 - Standardization project management
The SMB noted the comments made by SMB on the report and agreed that the recommendation below should be implemented:
A.3 Translation Scenarios/Languages
A.3.a) SMB is invited to request CB to amend the clauses in the Statutes and Rules of Procedure concerning the use of languages in the IEC. The current text does not reflect the reality of the situation, in particular the use of languages in meetings and the implied requirement that the IEC publishes all documents in English, French and Russian.
A.3.b) AhG 58 also suggests that it might be useful to designate a definitive language of development for each publication.

pdf file SMB/5633/R,
pdf file SMB/5633A/RV


ahG 58 - Standardization project management
The SMB noted the comments made by SMB on the report and agreed that the recommendation below should be implemented:
A.2 Editing scenarios
A.2.a) SMB is asked to encourage TCs to avoid high page count standards and to break up their documents into manageable units.
A.2.b) When posting documents for translation, at the FDIS stage they should be marked up by the Project Leader / Secretariat to allow identification of differences with respect to the CDV.

pdf file SMB/5633/R,
pdf file SMB/5633A/RV


ahG 58 - Standardization project management
The SMB noted the comments made by SMB on the report and agreed that the recommendation below should be implemented:
A.1 Content developers
A.1.a) Central Office editors should be requested to provide assistance on an “as needed” basis at earlier stages in the development of projects, particularly high-profile projects.
A.1.b) The primary editor for each project should be clearly identified (and included in the project database) to facilitate contact by the project editor.
A.1.c) Central Office should provide a “helpdesk” or contact point for project editors to contact in the case of queries.
A.1.d) A guide for projects should be developed by the Technical Department for Project Leaders and Convenors and include both guidance and a checklist for successful document development.

pdf file SMB/5633/R,
pdf file SMB/5633A/RV


SEG 1 Smart Cities
The SMB noted the circulation of a proposal for the establishment of a new Systems Committee (SyC) on Electrotechnical Aspects of Smart Cities, see document SMB/5691/INF. The report is sent to the SyC as an initial starting point for its work.
The SMB thanked SEG 1 and its convenor for the work accomplished and formally disbanded it.

pdf file SMB/5657/R,
pdf file SMB/5657A/RV


CAG - Disruptive technologies
The SMB agreed to set up ahG 60 on Disruptive technologies. The ahG should investigate the role of disruptive technologies in the area of electrotechnologies with an emphasis on healthcare and report on how disruptive technologies may affect the work of more traditional TCs. The work should include activities in TC 62, SyC AAL, SG 10, and ACSEC amongst others.
Convenor: Jeongjoon Lee (KR), members: US, GB, SE, IN, DE, CN, BR, AU, RU, and JP.
The ahG should report back for SMB 156 in June 2016.
NOTE A disruptive technology is an innovation that helps create a new market and value network, and eventually disrupts an existing market and value network (over a few years or decades), displacing an earlier technology.



CAG - Project management workshop
The SMB agreed to the principle of a joint workshop with ISO on the subject of project management. The SMB agreed that the workshop should involve TC/SCs and include a broad exchange of views from all those participating. Whilst participation from SMB and TMB members would be welcome, SMB insisted on strong participation by representative TC/SC officers, including TC/SCs already working with both IEC and ISO (through liaisons, JWGs, etc.). Other than the exchange of best practices, the workshop is encouraged to propose metrics for measuring performance of TC/SCs.
Because of the involvement of TC/SC officers, SMB recommended that the workshop be held outside the timetable of regular management meetings (possibly in the March/April 2016 timeframe).



CDs JCGM 100:201X (ISO/IEC Guide 98-3 and JCGM 110:201X (ISO/IEC Guide 98-5)
After a discussion of the concerns raised by the SMB membership and the broader IEC constituency, the SMB rejected the publication of the Guide and ask that the JCGM cancel the revised edition taking into account the comments received.
The SMB also asks the ISO/TMB to concur with this decision.

pdf file SMB/5484/QP
pdf file SMB/5484B/RV


TC 10 Fluids for electrotechnical applications
The SMB thanked Bruce Pahlavanpour, Chair TC 10, for his presentation and in response to the issues raised, reminded TC 10 that:
- SMB has the role of protecting the interests of the IEC as a whole and the responsibility of taking appropriate measures;
- No response was made by SMB to TC 10/MT 21 as it is up to TC 10 to respond to requests from a WG/MT;
- TC 10 has been given free licence to make proposals on a suitable solution to the problem. There are a number of ways to resolve the issues, including possible requirements on, for example, labelling the provenance of products, but it is up to TC 10 to decide which is most appropriate.
TC 10 is again reminded to approach standardization efforts on a performance basis instead of a design specific basis.



ahG 57 - Composition of SGs and ACs
The SMB noted the report from ahG 57 and formally approved the recommendations. Future SGs and ACs will have their composition in line with these recommendations, notably:
- For ACs an objective of a maximum of 1/3 of experts appointed by the SMB
- For experts appointed by the SMB, a statement of motivation from the expert shall accompany the nomination together with a recommendation from the Convenor
- For SGs there is no absolute limitation on the number of members, though the SG should remain small enough to operate efficiently
- There is no provision for alternates or internal liaisons. A member unable to participate in a meeting may propose a replacement and the Chair may invite guests, as needed.
The SMB thanked ahG 57 for the work accomplished and formally disbanded it.

pdf file SMB/5555/R
pdf file SMB/5555A/RV


ahG 56 - Wearable Smart Devices
The SMB agreed to set up a Strategic Group, SG 10, Wearable Smart Devices, with the following scope:
- Terminology and agreed understanding of WSD
- Market needs
- Inventory of activities within IEC
- Inventory of activities outside IEC
- Priorities of work
- Coordination of activities within IEC
Proposed Co-Convenors: JP and KR.
By exception, initial membership comprises representatives from TCs 47, 62, 77, 100, 106, 108, 110, 111, 119, and CISPR.
The SMB thanked ahG 56 for the work accomplished and formally disbanded it.

pdf file SMB/5587/R
pdf file SMB/5587A/RV


ahG 55 - Needs of the telecommunications sector in IEC
The SMB approved the setting up of a new Strategic Group, SG 9, Communication Technologies, with the following scope:
- Protocols (example TCP/IP) and applications (example Email)
- Physical layer (example fibre optic)
- Use cases from the TCs (example smart metering)
- Architectures and Networks (example ISO OSI Layer and Cellular Network)
- Technologies (example Bluetooth)
- Trends (example Migration to IPv6)
- Requirements (example Bandwidth, Latency)
- Security (example Network Admission Control)
- Regulatory aspects (example Spectrum Regulation)
and with the list of deliverables given in SMB/5575/R
Mr Rudolf Brandner (DE) is appointed as Convenor.
The SMB thanked ahG 55 for the work accomplished and formally disbanded it.

pdf file SMB/5575/R
pdf file SMB/5575A/RV


SG 7 Electrotechnical Applications of Robot Technologies
The SMB agreed to set up a new Advisory Committee, ACART, Advisory Committee on Applications of Robotic Technology, including electrotechnology.
The lifetime of this AC is anticipated to be up to two years with annual reports to the SMB.
The membership should include representatives from IEC TCs dealing with robot technologies (including TCs 44, 59, 61, 62, 65) as well as from ISO (ISO/TC 184/SC 2).
The task of ACART includes:
- Coordinating common aspects of robotic technology such as vocabulary and symbols.
- Preparing a guideline that outlines the critical aspects (as described in the report) of preparing a standard for products that incorporate robotic technology.
- Promoting collaboration between IEC and ISO as it relates to robotic technologies.
- Resolving current overlaps and developing a process to prevent future overlaps, both within the IEC and between IEC and ISO.
- Strong collaboration with the IEC CAB
The AC is also asked to take into account the comments of the SMB membership.
The SMB thanked SG 7 for the work accomplished and formally disbanded it.

pdf file SMB/5582/R
pdf file SMB/5582A/RV


CAG - Non-Participating TC or SC P-Members
The SMB decided that before each TC/SC meeting, the IEC CO should produce a list of participation in the TC/SC concerned with indications of active or inactive participation; other than exceptions agreed during the TC or SC meeting, cases of inactive participation would result in the NC concerned being classed as an O-member.



CAG - Chairs from Same / Different Country as Secretariat
The SMB decided to reaffirm the intent of the Directives expressing a preference for Chairs and Secretariats to come from different countries, but also agreed to continue to allow the possibility of the same country in exceptional circumstances where it was appropriate.   The SMB asks the DMT to tighten the wording concerning the nomination of Chairs from a country other than that of the Secretariat. It was also agreed that:
a) when the nomination for Chair deviates from the conventional situation,  the Secretariat should provide additional justification supporting the reasons behind the decision;
b) when multiple candidates are nominated by the P-members, the P-members of the TC or SC should be asked in a questionnaire to express their preference for one of the candidates. The questionnaire should be an open ballot with all candidates being presented, including a brief CV and a motivation statement from each; the individual questionnaire responses are seen only by IEC CO and the results sent to the Secretariat. The Secretariat is not bound by the results of the questionnaire, but if a nominee other than the one receiving the most support is nominated, the Secretariat must report the questionnaire results as well as the rationale for their nomination.



CENELEC – Dresden Agreement
The SMB agreed with the proposal of the SMB Secretariat and requested that a justification be provided for all exemptions to the parallel process.
The SMB thanked Geert Maes for his presentation and supported the willingness of the IEC and CENELEC to address the challenges from new EC standardization requests.

pdf file SMB/5454/INF,
pdf file SMB/5493/INF


Elimination of exceptional end of year due dates for documents
The SMB agreed to eliminate the "exceptional end of year due dates" for documents as from December 2015.



JTC 1 report and Directives Supplement 2015
The SMB noted the result of voting and comments made and agreed to support the recommendation of the General Secretary that IEC participate in GSC, to facilitate the participation of JTC 1 and the ACTEL successor along with other IEC interested groups.
The General Secretary is asked to coordinate with ISO on JTC 1 participation in GSC. The ISO/TMB is invited to concur.
The SMB also noted the desirability of having the JTC 1 Directives in a Supplement form rather than a Consolidated edition.

pdf file SMB/5459/R,
pdf file SMB/5459B/RV,
pdf file SMB/5457/QP,
pdf file SMB/5457A/RV


ITU proposed changes to the common IEC/ISO/ITU patent policy
The SMB noted the changes proposed by the ITU Director's Adhoc Group on IPR and agreed with the following:
a) The SMB endorsed the principle of transfer of rights.
b) The SMB recommended that the current Patent Policy agreed between IEC, ISO and ITU remain unchanged.
c) The SMB asked that the IEC General Secretary be requested to work with his counterparts at ISO and ITU to develop common language for the Guidelines to the IPR Policy. If no common language is possible, then language suitable to the IEC regarding transfer rights should be added to the IEC portion of the IPR guidelines. Such language should be as clear as possible to be widely understood by IEC TC/SC experts.
d) The SMB recommended that the Patent Declaration Form be modified in a suitable manner to reflect that the need for declaration of RAND licensing be recognized by the declarer and any future successor of the cited IP, using the text proposed by the ITU.
e) SMB invited ISO/TMB to concur and requested the IEC General Secretary to communicate this decision to ITU.

pdf file SMB/5475/DC,
pdf file SMB/5475A/CC,
pdf file SMB/5490/INF


Elimination of exceptional summer due dates for documents
The SMB agreed to eliminate the "exceptional summer due dates" for documents as from 2015. SMB noted that IEC CO had briefly looked at the similar situation that occurred at the end of each calendar year and believed that even though the CO was closed at that time, it should be possible to remove those dates too. CO will investigate further and report back to SMB meeting 152.

pdf file SMB/5409/QP,
pdf file SMB/5409A/CC


Processing of enquiries received by TC 61
The SMB noted that the historical record of inquiries and the responses did not constitute a document that has been approved in any formal sense by the IEC National Committees. It therefore does not reflect a document that has gone through the consensus process.
TC 61 is invited to consider the use of the database process to manage and publish these enquiries.

pdf file SMB/5382/R,
pdf file SMB/5382A/CC


TC 64 - Does IEC need to cover limits of EMF exposure on human body?
The SMB agreed that TC 106 is responsible for EMF associated with human exposure and asked TC 64 to consult with TC 106 if it has needs in this respect or with respect to human physiological effects from wireless power transfer for electric vehicles.

pdf file SMB/5354/QP,
pdf file SMB/5354A/RV


Wearable Smart Devices - Presentation
The SMB thanked the Korean NC for its presentation on Wearable Smart Devices and decided to set up ahG 56 Wearable Smart Devices to include participation from relevant TC/SCs as well as KR, JP, US, NL, DE, CN, FR, BR, SE, RU, IT, and AU.
The Co-Convenors are Kim Craig (AU) and Thomas Korssell (SE).
Its task is to review all current activity in the IEC in this area and to list needs for further standardization and coordination activity with proposals on how this may be carried out.
The ahG will report back to SMB 153 in June 2015 or earlier, if possible.

pdf file SMB/5426/INF


ahG 54 LV Direct Current Applications, Distribution, Safety and Markets / SG 4 LVDC distribution systems up to 1500V DC
The SMB agreed to set up SEG 4 Low Voltage Direct Current Applications, Distribution and Safety for use in Developed and Developing Economies with the following scope:
The purpose of this SEG is to evaluate the status of standardization in the field of low voltage direct current (LVDC) applications and products and to recommend to the SMB the architecture of any future standardization work program that the IEC may undertake. The SEG will identify new areas of standardization to be undertaken by the IEC. The SEG will evaluate the usage of LVDC in different integration environments in developed and developing economies with the objective to enhance energy efficiency and to develop new ways to utilize LVDC power. The SEG will actively engage with relevant stakeholders within the IEC and external stakeholders already working in the field of LVDC.
Under the active participation of the existing TCs and external stakeholders, the SEG shall:

  • evaluate and if necessary define the voltage parameters for LVDC
  • evaluate the existing market for LVDC products and applications
  • project the future market for LVDC products and applications using information from current studies and simulation models
  • define use cases for the integration of DC infrastructure in the different areas (residential, commercial, public, industrial, premises, Renewable Energy, E-Mobility)
  • evaluate the future applications for DC
  • evaluate the status of safety in LVDC and the appropriate place for further standardization of LVDC safety to be located
  • evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of the usage of LVDC (energy efficiency, regulation, and transmission...)
  • review the inventory of existing standards and standardization projects inside and outside IEC
  • evaluate gaps in standardization by using a use case mapping tool
  • define a structure for the coordination of cross TC/SC work in IEC, where required
  • monitor TC/SC work in IEC to highlight any overlap of work or potential inconsistencies
  • recommend technical work to define the LVDC network and grid

The SEG shall work in close collaboration with SEG 6 Non-traditional Distribution Networks / Microgrids. The SEG is requested to provide the SMB with its recommendations on an approach to standardization in this area.
SMB appointed Vimal Mahendru (India) as Convenor.
SMB thanked SG 4 and its Convenor Wim de Kesel, for its work and disbanded it.
SMB thanked ahG 54 and its Convenor, Kim Craig, for its work and disbanded it.

pdf file SMB/5425/R


ahG 53 Proposal for a new SEG on Micro Grid
The SMB agreed to recommendations A1 to A3 from ahG 53.
SMB agreed that NPs relating to design and operation of microgrids should be directed to TC 8 (TC 8/WG 7).
SMB agreed that the SyC Smart Energy should continue efforts in the following areas:
a. Maintain and update the microgrid portion of the Smart Grid roadmap
b. Collect and align concepts, scopes and functionalities
c. Monitor the related work in IEC TC/SCs and identify standardization gaps
d. Collect and define use cases under various application models of microgrids
SMB agreed to setup SEG 6 Non-traditional Distribution Networks / Microgrids with the following scope:
Assess aspects of non-traditional distribution networks for applications such as:

  • Rural and developing markets that serve potential huge market needs (notably in Asia and Africa) including networks that may be connected in the future to a traditional / interconnected grid.
  • Facility or campus grids capable of operating in an isolated mode with respect to a large interconnected grid.

The SEG is requested to closely collaborate with TC 8 and SyC Smart Energy and other microgrid activities in IEC and to provide the SMB with its recommendations on an approach to standardization in this area. The SEG will work in close collaboration with SEG 4 in the area of LVDC.
The SMB appointed Wenpeng Luan (CN) as Convenor of SEG 6.
The SMB thanked ahG 53 and its Convenor, Wenpeng Luan, for its work and disbanded it.

pdf file SMB/5408A/R,
pdf file SMB/5408B/CC


ahG 52 Data Security / Privacy
The SMB agreed to set up a new Advisory Committee on Security (ACSEC) with the following scope:
ACSEC deals with information security and data privacy matters which are not specific to one single technical committee of the IEC. It coordinates activities related to information security and data privacy, and provides advice to the SMB on those subjects.
ACSEC provides guidance to TC/SCs for implementation of information security and data privacy in a general perspective and for specific sectors.
ACSEC also provides a venue for exchanging information between the IEC and other standards developing organizations relevant to ACSEC’s scope.
ACSEC follows closely research activities and trends in Academia.
SMB agreed to approach the committees listed in SMB/5393/R to invite them to nominate a member.
The SMB agreed to accept the offer from DE to appoint Markus Reigl as Chair.
The SMB members from US, RU, ES, KR, JP, FR, NL, IT, CN, BR, AU, SE, and DE agreed to nominate additional experts.
SMB thanked ahG 52 and its Convenor, Markus Reigl, for its work and disbanded it.

pdf file SMB/5393/R,
pdf file SMB/5393A/RV


ahG 51 Reporting of TCs to the SMB
The SMB agreed to implement recommendations A1 to A3 from ahG 51.
IEC CO is asked to add all relevant information directly into both RSMB and SBP to reduce the workload of TC Secretariats.
The revised RSMB and SBP shall be used for meetings held after 2015-01-01.
SMB thanked ahG 51 and its Convenor, Jos Remy, for its work and disbanded it.

pdf file SMB/5391/R,
pdf file SMB/5391A/RV


ACTEL report
The SMB agreed to set up ahG 55 Needs of the telecommunications sector in IEC. The ahG should examine the needs of this sector and determine if the vehicle of a Systems Evaluation Group on ICT would be appropriate versus the alternatives including other structures.
The ahG could also outline the mission and deliverables of such a group including potential tasks such as mapping of the IEC activities, overall market needs and interfaces to groups and organizations outside the IEC.
The ahG should also address the background and qualifications needed for individuals who would populate any new Systems Evaluation Group or alternative group.
The ahG should work to develop and present a proposed path forward to SMB meeting 152.
Members of the ahG: CA, DE, BR, IT, JP, KR, RU, SE, US CN, FR and the SMB Chair. Convenor: DE.
The SMB thanked ACTEL for its work and disbanded it.

pdf file SMB 5418/R,
pdf file SMB/5418A/CC


SG 6 Electrotechnology for Mobility
The SMB agreed to set up SEG 5 Electrotechnology for mobility with the following scope:
- evaluate the interaction between plug-in electric vehicles and the electricity supply infrastructure and propose an IEC approach for the development of e-mobility standards;
- its mission is to determine the best solution (in terms of safety, interoperability and system performance), for the future work of systems level standards for electric vehicles within the IEC
- this includes close synchronization and coordination with automobile manufacturers and suppliers, ISO/TC 22, IEC SyC on Smart Energy, IEC SEG 1 Smart Cities, applicable IEC TCs and SCs, fora and consortia.
SMB invites SEG 5 to take into account the roadmap included with SG 6’s final report in document SMB/5390/R.
SMB thanked SG 6 and its Convenor, Claude Ricaud, for its work and disbanded it.

pdf file SMB/5390/R,
pdf file SMB/5390A/CC


ISO/TMB Resolutions adopted by the TMB at its 60th meeting
The SMB took note of TMB Resolution 78/2014 concerning the maintenance of a number ISO/IEC Guides and agreed that:
ISO/IEC Guide 15 (1977), ISO/IEC code of principles on "reference to standards" should be withdrawn.
2 (2004), Standardization and related activities - General vocabulary,
59 (1994), Code of good practice for standardization,
75 (2006), Strategic principles for future IEC and ISO standardization in industrial automation,
77-1 (2008), Guide for specification of product properties and classes - Part 1: Fundamental benefits,
77-2 (2008), Guide for specification of product properties and classes - Part 2: Technical principles and guidance,
77-3 (2008), Guide for specification of product properties and classes - Part 3: Experience gained,
98-1 (2009), Uncertainty of measurement - Part 1: Introduction to the expression of uncertainty in measurement,
98-3 (2008), Uncertainty of measurement - Part 3: Guide to the expression of uncertainty in measurement (GUM:1995), and
99 (2007),
International vocabulary of metrology - Basic and general concepts and associated terms (VIM), should be subject to maintenance and IEC/CO should coordinate with ISO/CS to determine the most effective way to carry this out.

pdf file SMB/5345/INF


Report from the General Secretary on IT tools
The SMB thanked the IEC General Secretary for his report on use of IT tools and the consultations which had taken place over the previous 12 months, both with National Committees and with TC/SCs. SMB encouraged such consultation to continue, as well as the training sessions which take place at IEC CO and with IEC National Committees.
The SMB noted with interest the approach taken by IEC with respect to the Modular Content Project and in particular the holistic approach taken to cover all aspects of standards development and encouraged the IEC to pursue this approach.



Draft IEC Code of Conduct for Delegates and Experts
The SMB noted the comments made and decided that this was intended to be a guidance document and there was therefore no need for formal language or enforcement. IEC CO is asked to prepare and disseminate a final version to the IEC community.



Policy discussion around clause 2.3.4 of Directives Part 1
The SMB noted the remarks made by the Technical Department Manager and decided that the requirement to make comments when submitting positive votes on NPs added no value and will not be applied in IEC. The DMT is requested to make the appropriate changes to the Directives.



RDIS stage
The SMB requested that the IEC CO align the process for registering text for FDIS translation (the RDIS stage) with that currently used for CDV text.
The NCs will be advised that the RDIS text is not identical to the circulated FDIS text due to IEC CO editing. It should be noted that the FDIS will be advanced upon completion of the French translation or the 60 days period, whichever occurs first.



ahG 50, Meeting space bank
The SMB requested ahG 50 to incorporate the discussion from SMB regarding the comments made and make a final version available for IEC CO implementation.
SMB thanked ahG 50 for its efforts and agreed to disband it.

pdf file SMB/5327/R


ahG 49, Industry 4.0
The SMB approved the recommendations 1, 2 and 4 made by ahG 49 and established SG 8, Industry 4.0 - Smart Manufacturing. Convenor to be mutually agreed between DE and US, members from GB, SE, RU, KR, JP, FR, BR, DE, CN, US, ISO, ITU and IEEE.
The SMB thanked ahG 49 and disbanded it.

pdf file SMB/5332/R


Proposal from German NC for a SEG on Direct Current Applications SMB/5312/DC, SMB/5312B/CC
The SMB agreed to set up ahG 54, LV Direct Current Applications, Distribution, Safety and Markets, to review both the proposals from the German NC and from SG 4. The ahG should report back for discussion at SMB meeting 151 in November 2014.
Convenor Kim Craig (AU), members from US, GB, NL, JP, FR, DE, CN, BR, IT, KR, RU, IEEE and Wim De Kesel (SG 4 Convenor). A representative from the Indian NC will be invited to take part.



SEG 3: Ambient Assisted Living (AAL)
The SMB noted the approval of recommendations A1 to A3 and agreed that SEG 3 be disbanded and establish an SyC. SMB requested SEG 3 to prepare the proposal for approval by IEC National Committees in accordance with SMB/5309/R.

pdf file SMB/5269/INF
pdf file SMB/5309/R
pdf file SMB/5309A/RV


SEG 2: Smart Grid
The SMB noted the report from SEG 2 and also that the new Systems Committee on Smart Energy had been set up (see SMB/5344/INF). The comments received are referred to the SyC on Smart Energy for resolution at its first meeting.
The SMB noted that a call for a Chair for the SyC on Smart Energy will shortly be circulated to National Committees.

pdf file SMB/5268/R
pdf file SMB/5268A/CC


QP from SC 86C on “Duplication of text by JTC 1/SC 25” - SMB/5214/QP
The SMB confirmed that JTC 1/SC 25 documents must be written in accordance with the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 2 and that duplication of major portions of text is not allowed. JTC 1/SC 25 is reminded that it cannot ignore the Directives, but that if it wishes for exceptions or changes to be made, there are procedures in place for this.



Proposal from the Chinese NC for a new SEG on Micro Grid
The SMB agreed to set up ahG 53 to look into this proposal in more detail and in particular to decide on the most suitable type of entity to deal with the issues raised. Convenor CN, members from DE, JP, US, GB, BR, FR, KR, IT, as well as representatives from TC 8 and SEG 2. The CO will also work with the Affiliate Countries to solicit their involvement. The ahG should report to SMB meeting 151 in November 2014.

pdf file SMB/5208/R


Proposal from the German NC for a new Advisory Committee on Data Security - SMB/5207/R, SMB/5207A/CC
The SMB agreed to set up ahG 52 on Data Security / Privacy to make recommendations on these issues to cover the whole of the IEC, particularly taking into account existing work in JTC 1 and ISO. Convenor DE, members from US, GB, KR, JP, FR, CN, CA, AU, RU and IEC CAB. The ahG should report to SMB meeting 151 in November 2014.

pdf file SMB/5207/R


SG 5: Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) - SMB/5199/R, SMB/5199A/RV
The SMB agreed to disband SG 5 and create an SEG on AAL and appointed Thomas Sentko as the convenor, but requested the convenor of SG 5 to address the issues raised by the Canadian NC in a document to be circulated to the SMB for comment by 15 March 2014.

pdf file SMB/5199/R
pdf file SMB/5199A/RV


SEG 2 (former SG 3): Smart Grid - SMB/5192/R, SMB/5192A/RV
The SMB noted that the recommendations made by SEG 2, Smart Grid had been approved. SMB formally disbanded SG 3 and thanked it for its valuable pioneering work.
The SMB agreed to propose to the setting up of a new Systems Committee (SyC) on Smart Energy with the following scope:
“SyC Smart Energy to provide systems level standardization, coordination and guidance in the areas of Smart Grid and Smart Energy, including interaction in the areas of heat and gas.
To widely consult within the IEC community and the broader stakeholder community to provide overall systems level value, support and guidance to the TCs and other standards development groups, both inside and outside the IEC.
To liaise/cooperate with the SEG Smart Cities and relevant SEGs and SyCs, as well as the future SRG.”
The convenor and secretary of SEG 2 are asked to complete a formal report on the work of SEG 2 addressing the points necessary for the formation of a SyC by 15 March 2014.

pdf file SMB/5192/R
pdf file SMB/5192A/RV


Reporting of TCs to the SMB
The SMB set up ahG 51 to review the needs for reports from TC/SCs, in particular the SBPs and RSMBs. The ahG should report before the Tokyo meeting of SMB in November 2014, to allow discussion at the TC/SC officers’ workshop in Tokyo.
The ahG will be convened by Jos Remy, NL. Members from CA, US, JP, GB, RU, ES, IT, KR, DE, SE as well as TC/SC officers to be selected by IEC/CO and the SMB Chairman.



ahG 48, Remote participation at TC/SC meetings
The SMB noted the report made by ahG 48 and agreed to implement a 1-year trial to be carried out on a voluntary basis, at the discretion of the TC/SC officers in consultation with the meeting hosts, in accordance with the guidelines of document SMB/5140/R.
Central Office is requested to monitor the trial and report back at SMB meeting 151 in November 2014.
The SMB thanked ahG 48 for its work and disbanded it.

pdf file SMB/5140/R


ahG 47, Household and similar robot technologies
The SMB noted the recommendations from ahG 42 and agreed to set up a new Strategic Group 7, Electrotechnical Applications of Robotic Technologies undertaking the following tasks in no more than 18 months with progress reviewed at SMB meeting 151 in November 2014:

  • analyze the market and industry development;
  • monitor the standardization progress in IEC, ISO and other relevant organizations;
  • draft a roadmap to harmonize the standardization activities of IEC and ISO and to identify gaps in product standardization as well as possible relations to other TCs (e.g. automated guided vehicles);
  • identify gaps and overlaps in standardization (for example, by studying use cases);
  • acquire a list of rules and regulations for the application of robotic technologies;
  • identify aspects related to safety and security, threats for societies, etc.
  • cooperate with international Robotic Associations

Co-convenorship: China - Germany, Members from: US, SE, NL, KR, JP, DE, CN and ISO.
The SMB thanked ahG 47 for its work and disbanded it.

pdf file SMB/5115/R
pdf file SMB/5115A/RV


ahG 46, Live Working Conformity Assessment requirements
The SMB approved the report from ahG 46, and agreed that the text in question (making a normative reference to ISO/IEC 17025) and future related documents should be replaced by “It is essential that the tests are done by a competent test facility”.
The SMB thanked ahG 46 and disbanded it.

pdf file SMB/5134/R
pdf file SMB/5134A/RV


Voting by correspondence at plenary meetings

The SMB, noting that it is not always possible to participate physically at all plenary meetings, encourages P-members to make comments on agenda topics in advance of the meeting. However, as they have not taken part in the discussions at the meeting, they have had no opportunity to listen or to take part in the debate and it is therefore not permitted for them to vote without having taken part in the discussion.



Proposal for an SEG (Systems Evaluation Group) on Smart Cities

SMB agreed to set up an SEG (Systems Evaluation Group) on Smart Cities as proposed in document SMB/5025/DC. SMB decided the convenorship should be agreed amongst the proposers (DE, CN JP). SMB noted that Mr Claude Breining and Mr Don Deutsch from MSB had agreed to be members of the SEG, as well as Mr Richard Schomberg in his position as convenor of SG 3.

SMB agreed to invite ISO and ITU to take part in the SEG.

 pdf file 5025/DC


Proposal from the Chinese NC for a new TC on Grid Integration of Large-Capacity Renewable Energy Generation

SMB decided that the work on Grid Integration of Large-Capacity Renewable Energy Generation, proposed in C/1774/DV should be implemented as a subcommittee reporting to TC 8, and the secretariat allocated to China.

pdf file C/1774/DV


Report from the General Secretary on consultations with NCs on IT tools

SMB noted the report from the General Secretary following consultation with NCs on IT tools. It noted the priorities relating to Training and Information and agreed that SMB should review the situation again with the General Secretary in June 2014.



ACEE - Membership

SMB approved Dr Ralph Sporer as Chairman of ACEE for an initial period of 3 years starting 2013-07-01.

SMB endorsed the membership given in document SMB/5028/QP and noted the additional requests for membership in SMB/5043/QP and SMB/5050/QP.

SMB noted that the requirements on membership on ACs had not been respected, however decided that ACEE should have a maximum of 2 years to define its long-term membership. Nominations from NC experts are now closed, but those TCs not having nominated an expert may still do so.



JDMT - Report

With respect to Recommendation 4 on RVNs (Report on Voting on New Work Proposals), DMT is instructed to ensure that the SMB decision taken at Sao Paolo (SMB Decision 133/16) is consistently reflected in the wording, with the RVN to be available within 4 weeks of the close of voting.

With respect to Recommendation 5 on Guides, DMT is instructed to ensure that the final wording takes into account the comments made on Guides prepared by groups other than Advisory Committees.

With respect to Recommendation 6 on Revision of ISO/IEC Directives, Part 2, SMB agrees with the decision to revise Part 2 of the ISO/IEC Directives.



SG3, Smart Grid - Review

SMB agreed to transform SG 3 into a Systems Evaluation Group (SEG) on Smart Grid, with specific instructions to consult more openly on work needed in this area, and make recommendations for the formation in the near future (February 2014) of a Systems Committee (SyC).



TC Statistics

The SMB decided that for those TCs or SCs meeting three or more identified criteria (SMB/4954/DC in red highlight) it is proposed that the Technical Officer should work with the TC / SC officers to develop a short response with information on the performance of the TC and an explanation as to why the TC or SC might be captured by the criteria established by the SMB. It is possible that the numbers identified could be due to some performance issue within the TC or SC or could be a statistical anomaly due to a clearly explained reason. These responses are to be returned to the SMB Secretariat for compilation by 2013-05-01.


pdf file SMB/4954/DC


TCs with shell parent SCs

The SMB thanked the officers of TC17 for their response and agreed that SC 17A and 17C should be merged to replace the current TC 17. SMB agreed that the work of SC 17B and 17D should be transferred into a single new TC. The details of organization, including subcommittee structures, within the TC are left to each TC.

SMB regretted that no response had been received from TC 32 and requested that a report be provided for SMB 147 meeting in June 2013, by no later than 2013-05-01.



TC/SC Chairmen’s Terms of Office

The SMB noting the comments made by the members agreed with the recommendations made by ahG 44.

TC/SC Chairmen terms of office should be limited to an initial term of a maximum of 6 years, followed by a single extension of a maximum of 3 years. The new disposition will come into effect on 2014-01-01 with all current terms of office to run normally. All chairmen whose terms of office expire after this date and who have served a total of 9 years or more will need to have a successor.

SMB notes the proposals made by China, concerning the use of the Vice-Chair role, as a method of preparing a successor, as well as the use of a standard template for the preparation of CVs, proposed by Italy, and encourages TC/SCs to make use of these possibilities.

CO is asked to communicate this decision broadly and quickly to the IEC constituency.

AhG 44 and its Chairman Mike Graham are thanked and ahG 44 is disbanded.



ahG 35, Systems Group

SMB thanked ahG 35 for its report (SMB/4952/R) and approved the concepts contained in the report (including the proposal from DE concerning designation of SyC) and will begin consideration of requests to set-up SEGs or SyCs as from the SMB 147 June 2013 meeting.

SMB decides that the concepts given in SMB/4952/R need to be communicated to the whole of the IEC community and requests CO to start work on this task.

SMB agrees to set up the SRG as described in SMB/4952/R and make a call for experts and proposals for a convenor.

SMB refers the report from ahG 35, as amended, to the DMT for recommendations on the implementation into the Directives.

The information concerning SEGs, SyCs and SRG, and comments received, will be communicated in the form of Administrative Circulars which will be reviewed by ahG 35 prior to circulation, as well as other appropriate communications media.

The SMB will review the situation in 24 months’ time.

AhG 35 will consider on-going management needs and next steps following the issuance of the Administrative Circulars and will make recommendations to SMB 147.



pdf file SMB/4952/R


Report from SG 1, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energies

The SMB expressed appreciation and thanks to SG 1 for its report (SMB/4951/R) and recommendations.

SMB agreed to the setting-up of an Advisory Committee on Energy Efficiency (ACEE) with the scope given in document SMB/4951/R, as modified relative to horizontal issues and to make a call for members and nominations for a chairman by 2013-04-15. Terminology questions will be referred to TC 1 for their consultation.


pdf file SMB/4951/R


SG 1: Energy Efficiency and renewable resources

The SMB agreed to set-up ahG 42 on Renewable Energies to make a proposal for IEC action in this field, at the System level. DE Convenor, BR, CN, FR, IT, JP, KR, MX, US

The ahG is requested to organise a 1 day workshop with the Officers of all TCs concerned (4, 8, 57, 82, 88, 105, 114 and 117, 120*) and interested SMB Members.



CAG meeting on the implementation of SMB responsibilities relating to the IEC Masterplan 2011-2016

The SMB set up the following three ad-hoc groups, as described in document SMB/4858/INF:

ahG 39: Stakeholder influence (Convener: Paul Coebergh van den Braak)
Members: AU, BR, CA, DE, FR, JP, KR, MX, SE, US, UK

ahG 40: Enhanced cooperation between TCs (Convener: Shuji Hirakawa)
Members: CA, FR, IT, KR, NL, SE, UK, US

ahG 41: New Technologies (Convener: Christina Timo)
Members: CN, DE, FR, JP, KR, ES, SE, UK, US


pdf file SMB/4858/DC


ahG 35: Systems Groups report

The SMB approved the proposals for Systems Activities in the report and agreed to retain ahG 35 to follow the implementation of these proposals.

The SMB further directed the ahG 35 to address any comments from the members received until 23 Nov 2012 taking into consideration the late nature of the report.
The SMB confirmed the assignment of Alec McMillan as liaison to CAB WG 16.

The SMB notably asked ahG 35 to refine the Systems Technical Committee transition, roles and interfaces and to define key characteristics of Systems Resource Group Chair and Members, by SMB meeting 146, February 2013, Geneva.



Recommendations on Electrical Energy Storage

The SMB agreed to circulate the Japanese proposal for a new Technical Committee on Electrical Energy Storage, for a 3-month vote in accordance with the ISO/IEC Directives, anticipating that the proposal is in-line with the MSB Recommendations in document SMB/4809/DC and that the responsibility for those actions will be those of the new TC.

The SMB noted that the Japanese NC proposed to undertake the Secretariat of this new TC.

The SMB will ratify the establishment of the new TC at SMB Meeting 145, 2012-10-01, depending on the results of the voting.


pdf file SMB/4809/DC


TMB Resolutions from its 53rd meeting, 2012-02-15..16

The SMB concurred with the following TMB Resolutions:
TMB Resolution 6/2012 for the ISO/TMB Secretary to work with the IEC and JDMT to coordinate the timing of the publication of the consolidated ISO Supplement with the publication of new editions of the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 1.
TMB Resolution 9/2012 on clarification of TMB Resolution 24/2011 concerning co-existence of different editions of the same standard that the IEC SMB concur that the practice outlined in the TMB Resolution 9/2012 may be applied to JTC 1.
TMB Resolution 11/2012 for IEC/SMB to concur, where relevant, with modifications of the new consolidated ISO Supplement ISO for inclusion in the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 1.
TMB Resolution 15/2012 concerning Recommendations of the Management Systems Standards (MSS) Task Force for SMB to concur that the proposals of its resolution should also apply to ISO/IEC JTC 1.



Semiconductor accelerometers - IEC/SC 47E and ISO/TC 108/SC 3

Further to Decision 132/13, SMB confirms that "Part A" of the document is under administrative responsibility of IEC/SC 47E, whilst "Part B" is under administrative responsibility of ISO/TC 108/SC 3, and requests SC 47E to proceed in accordance with this confirmation.



Final Decision on FI proposal to shorten the CDV enquiry time

The SMB, noting the comments made by the three TCs concerned by the trial of the 3 months’ CDV voting period, decided that as from 2012-07-01 the voting period for all IEC CDVs shall be 3 months, with 5 months by exception at the discretion of the TC/SC concerned.

In order to allow for translations of CDVs by National Committees to permit public inquiry, the English version of the text of CDVs will be made available to National Committees for translation purposes for a period of 2 months prior to circulation of the CDV.



ACOS Chairman

The SMB appointed Philippe Juhel as ACOS Chairman for a first term of office of three years starting 2013-03-01 to 2016-02-29. SMB noted that Mr Juhel was nominated by the FR NC and has the support of ACOS.

The SMB thanked the outgoing Chairman Friedrich Harless, following two terms of office, for his efficient and dedicated commitment as ACOS Chairman.



SG 6: Electrotechnology for Mobility

The SMB agreed to extend the MoU on collaboration on Electric Vehicles between ISO and IEC to cover 2 and 3 wheeled vehicles. ISO/TMB is invited to concur.

The SMB emphasized that coordination of IEC activities in the area of E-Mobility, with other groups, is the responsibility of SG 6.



Guidance for TC/SC meetings

The SMB supported the first option of Recommendation 1 that meetings are fully funded by sponsor organizations. However, it did not support the other 2 options and refers to the IEC Policy given in the IEC Supplement to the Directives, subclause 4.1. Calls for voluntary contributions shall ensure that there is no discrimination against participants who do not contribute financially.

The SMB noted Recommendation 2, concerning visa and hotel additional information, and requested Central Office to investigate.

The SMB did not support Recommendation 3, concerning a meeting database for WG/PT/MT meetings, as the Central Office does not usually have information regarding Working Group meetings, for which participation is closed to NCs.

Concerning Recommendation 4 of the revised Guidance document, the SMB agreed that it will need to be reviewed by IEC Central Office before publication.

The SMB disbanded ahG 37 expressing appreciation and thanks to the convenor Lynne Gibbens and the members of ahG 37.



Study Group on New Work Items

The SMB approved the recommendations submitted in document SMB/4709/R on the subject of enhancing the Preliminary Work Item (PWI) mechanism and informing the community at large.

Additionally, the SMB approved two additional proposals:
That existing PWIs not re-validated by the TC/SCs responsible will be withdrawn by CO.
Every TC/SC must give a specific expiration date for the PWI, otherwise PWIs will expire if not transformed to the programme of work by the date specified.

A procedure for implementing the recommendations, taking into consideration the comments received on them, document SMB/4709A/CC, will need to be developed. The SMB asked the IEC DMT to undertake this task.


pdf file SMB/4709/R


SMB ahG 34 TC Activities Statistics recommendation 4: “Shell” parent TCs

SMB approved the 2 points of recommendation 4 from ahG 34, given in document SMB/4700/R.

SMB considers that Technical Committees have a responsibility to actively manage the work of their subcommittees. SCs acting autonomously, without full TC management, should be considered as functioning as a TC rather than an SC.

SMB requested TC 17 and TC32 and their subcommittees to develop a plan to resume active functioning as a Technical Committee, or consider either transforming the SCs into one or more TCs or transfer them to the management of an existing TC.

The TCs concerned are requested to report back to SMB by December 2012.


pdf file SMB/4700/R


SMB ahG 34 TC Activities Statistics recommendations: TCs with too many SCs and 2: TCs with standards of a horizontal nature

The SMB approved the 5 points of recommendation 1 from ahG 34, given in document SMB/4700/R, requesting the Central Office to convey to TC22, TC 23, TC36, TC59, TC61 and CISPR, to review their current structure considering SMB guidance to keep the organization as lean as possible and to take advantage of all available work structures of SC/WG/PT/MT for effective operation. They are each requested to prepare a plan regarding how to address structural issues of SCs with low expert participation and low project activity, or provide a rationale for maintaining such a structure. The TCs are requested to report back to SMB by December 2012.

SMB decided to take no action with regard to recommendation 2 concerning TC28, TC70 and TC109.



pdf file SMB/4700/R


Review of the SMB SGs/ACs

The SMB agreed on the programme for the review of the SMB ACs and SGs in accordance with SMB Decision 142/16:

SMB Meeting 2012-06-12: SG 1, ACEA and DMT.
SMB Meeting 2012-10-01: ACTAD, ACTEL, SG 2
SMB Meeting 2013-06-11: SG 3, ACEC and ACOS
SMB Meeting 2013-10-21: SGs 4, 5 and 6.

The SMB will invite the conveners of the ACs/SGs to the relevant SMB meeting and requests SGs/ACs to respond to the SMB questions concerning its mandate, current scope and domain of work, its membership representation, accomplishments/ achievements/ deliverables, current activity, future activity, priorities, and expectations of interaction from SMB.  Document SMB/4745/DC will be circulated in the near future outlining in detail the SMB questions to the ACs and SGs.

The SMB agreed to a two-year review cycle for its ACs/SGs.



pdf file SMB/4745/INF


TC/SC Vice Chairman

The SMB agreed, with respect to SMB Decision 141/6, concerning the TC Vice-Chairmen and the DMT questions thereon, to the following points of clarification and guidance:

  1. TCs and SCs can choose to appoint one or more Vice-Chairmen at their discretion.
  2. The process for appointing Vice Chairmen shall be the responsibility of the TC/SCs.
  3. TCs and SCs are given wide latitude in the scope and portfolio of responsibility of any Vice-Chairmen they choose to appoint, however, the following conditions apply:

a) The responsibilities must be meaningful and not ceremonial
b) The responsibilities must be clearly stated along with the nomination of candidate(s) for the role.

  1. Vice-Chairmen can be appointed for up to three years.

The SMB agreed to review the use of the TC/SC Vice-Chairman position within a two year time-frame.



Technical Corrigenda

The SMB approved the IEC DMT proposal DMT recommendation A4 1109/03 to be made to subclause 2.10.2 of the ISO/IEC Directives:

“A technical corrigendum is issued to correct
a technical error or ambiguity in an International Standard, a Technical Specification, a Publicly Available Specification or a Technical Report, inadvertently introduced either in drafting or in printing and which could lead to incorrect or unsafe application of the publication

NOTE 1 Technical corrigenda are not issued to correct errors that can be assumed to have no consequences in the application of the publication, for example minor printing errors.
NOTE 2 Technical corrigenda are not issued to update information that has become outdated since publication.”

Suspected technical errors shall be brought to the attention of the secretariat of the technical committee or subcommittee concerned.

The SMB noted the ISO/TMB Resolution 103/2011 and refers this decision to ISO/TMB - IEC/SMB JDMT.



P-member participation

The SMB agreed to modify the ISO/IEC Directives regarding P-member participation as follows:

A technical committee or subcommittee secretariat shall notify the Chief Executive Officer if a P-member of that technical committee or subcommittee:

  • has been persistently inactive and has failed to contribute to 2 successive TCs/SC meetings, either by direct participation or by correspondence and has failed to appoint any experts to the technical work;

  • has failed to vote on questions formally submitted for voting within the technical committee or subcommittee (see 1.7.1).

Upon receipt of such a notification, the Chief Executive Officer shall remind the national body of its obligation to take an active part in the work of the technical committee or subcommittee. In the absence of a satisfactory response to this reminder, and upon persistent continuation of the above articulated shortcomings in required P member behaviour, the national body shall without exception automatically have its status changed to that of O-member. A national body having its status so changed may, after a period of 12 months, indicate to the Chief Executive Officer that it wishes to regain P-membership of the committee, in which case this shall be granted.

ISO/TMB is invited to concur.



TC Activities Statistics

The SMB decided to establish SMB ahG 34 to evaluate the TC/SC activity in accordance with the criteria outlined in the analysis of data given in document SMB/4588/DC on numbers of: active projects; NPs submitted over last 3 years; publications; nominated experts and meetings held during the last five years. Also, for TCs with too many SCs, TCs with standards of a horizontal nature, TCs with minimum activity and “shell” parent TCs.

The ahG will be convened by Luis Ivan Hernandez (MX) with members CA, DE, ES, FR, GB, IT, JP, US and is requested to report back to SMB meeting 143 in February with an evaluation of IEC TCs according to the above.

SMB thanked the IEC Central Office for the statistics provided.



SMB ahG 31 Automotive Electrotechnics

The SMB approved the establishment of Strategic Group 6: Electrotechnology for Mobility to provide recommendations for an IEC strategy encompassing the complete domain of automotive electrotechnics and electromobility.

The SG, as a priority will investigate interaction between plug-in electric vehicle and electricity supply infrastructure in order to:

  • analyse market and industry developments,
  • identify gaps and overlaps in the standards,
  • make sure that appropriate standards are timely delivered,
  • define a means for collaboration between IEC and other Standardization organizations (notably ISO and regional standardization bodies),
  • monitor the practical application of collaborations already in place, in particular the ISO/IEC Agreement.
  • The SMB approved the scope, objectives, timeline, deliverables, target dates, terms and definitions outlined in document SMB/4607/R.

    Membership will be approved by SMB in accordance with SMB Decision 140/7: Roles and Mandates of SMB Strategic Groups.

    The SMB approved the recommendation of Mr. Claude Ricaud as convener of the SG 6.

    SG 6 is requested to establish liaison with the CEN-CENELEC E-Mobility Coordination Group and SG 3.

    The SMB expressed its appreciation to the convener, Herve Rochereau and members of the group for its complete and clear proposals and disbanded ahG 31.


    pdf file SMB/4607/R


    AhG 29: Ambient Assisted Living (AAL)

    The SMB decided to establish a Strategic Group 5 Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) and approved the scope given in 1.3 of document SMB/4608/R.

    The SMB requests Central Office to initiate a call for experts/members to participate in the SG. The membership will need to be approved by SMB in accordance with SMB Decision 140/17 entitled: Roles and Mandates of SMB Strategic Groups. SMB noted the list of TCs identified by ahG 29 that are proposed to participate in the SG 5.

    The SMB approved the nomination of Mr. Thomas Sentko (SMB alternate member DE) as the convener of SG 5.

    Mr. Pierre Sebellin IEC Technical Officer will undertake the Secretariat of this Strategic Group.

    The Group is requested to report to SMB providing time-lines for its deliverables for review.

    SMB disbanded ahG 29 thanking the convener Thomas Sentko and members for the efficient work and proposals.


    pdf file SMB/4608/R


    Submission of TC Reports, SMB ahG 32 recommendation10

    The SMB requested Central Office to enforce the rule for the submission of reports for SMB approval, reminding TCs that the reports need to be submitted within 3 months of its meeting. The SMB requested that a listing of defaulting TCs be provided for each SMB meeting for consideration.



    Secret voting for TC Chairmen and Secretariats - SMB ahG 32 recommendation 15

    The SMB agreed that the report on voting for TC Chairmen and Secretariats should not show the actual SMB member vote, but only the result and the numerical total of the vote.



    QPs approved by correspondence, SMB ahG 32 recommendations 8 and 9

    The SMB agreed that Questions of Principle submitted for SMB approval by correspondence shall have a four week commenting period followed by a two week voting period.

    Questions of Principle will be separated from the body of the TC/SC reports, and submitted for SMB approval as a separate document.

    The SMB confirmed the current practice of QPs for voting on the nomination of TC Chairmen, TC Secretariats and AC/SG/DMT members shall have a voting period of four weeks dispensing with the commenting period.



    Use of IEC Central Office IT Tools at the WG level, SMB ahG 32 recommendation 7

    The SMB recognized the advantages and needs of the use of the IT Tools, including the collaboration tools and e-mail exploders that IEC CO has provided, and strongly encourages their use by the IEC Technical WG experts.

    The SMB requested that TC/SC secretaries and WG Convenors shall ensure that as a minimum the meeting notices, agendas, and reports are posted on the IEC Collaboration Tools Server.



    Sales statistics, SMB ahG 32 recommendation 3

    The SMB, emphasising the need to provide better sales statistics and obtaining sales data from the NCs, agreed to suggest that Council Board investigate internally with the Sales Advisory Group the possibility of providing this information.



    Managing TC Reports, SMB ahG 32 recommendations 1 and 2 -

    The SMB, in line with its management and supervision of IEC Technical Committees, approved the recommendations from its ahG 32 to provide on the cover page of TC reports to SMB, the following information:

    • Number of P-members
    • Number of experts
    • Number of NPs submitted over the last 3 years
    • Number of publications approved in last 5 years
    • Number of current active projects
    • Number of meetings since 5 years
    • Concerns expressed by relevant IEC Technical Officer

    Based on this information SMB will carry out an annual review of the Technical Committee statistics at the first SMB meeting of the year, starting February 2013.



    Advisory Committee on Telecommunication (ACTEL)

    The SMB recognized the valuable contribution of SB 4 Infrastructure of telecommunications networks to the IEC standardization thanked its chairman Hans-Detlef Leppert, and all the past and present members.

    SMB approved the transformation of SB 4into an Advisory Committee ACTEL, with the terms of reference outlined in document SMB/4498/DP.

    ACTEL deals with coordination activities and guidelines related to infrastructures used for communications. It provides a venue for exchanging information between the IEC and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), ETSI, the Fibre to the Home (FTTH) Councils, as well as other technical and standards organizations relevant to ACTEL’s scope. It develops guidelines for broader applications of International Standards, Technical Reports and Technical Specifications involving more than one of the related Technical Committees, and examines these TCs’ Strategic Business Plans and work programmes to give advice on market relevance. It also provides advice intended to avoid the development of conflicting standards.

    ACTEL is requested to report back to SMB on the specifics of its deliverables and work programme by November 2011.


    pdf file SMB/4498/DP


    New Advisory Committee on Electricity Transmission and Distribution (ACTAD)

    The SMB recognized the valuable contribution of SB 1 Electricity transmission and distribution to the IEC standardization thanking its chairman Hisatoshi Ikeda, and all the past and present members.
    SMB in principle approved the transformation of SB 1into an Advisory Committee ACTAD, with the terms of reference as outlined in document SMB/4498/DP.

    ACTAD will deal with all matters concerning electricity transmission and distribution (T&D) which concern, or may potentially concern, more than one TC or SC. It may also have to deal with emerging broader subjects that may impact the T&D industry and IEC technical committees. ACTAD’s responsibilities include recommending standardization activities, identifying technologies to be standardized to guide TCs/SCs to take into account market needs and advise the SMB in the coordination of TC/SC activities.

    ACTAD is requested to report back to SMB by end September 2011 on the specifics of its deliverables and work programme and a plan on how they propose to coordinate with SG 3 in these areas.


    pdf file SMB/4498/DP


    CN proposals on Smart Grid user interface

    The SMB noted and agreed with the Strategic Group 3 responses to its request to work with relevant TCs, to develop a plan on how the work outlined in the three Chinese proposals could be distributed and subsequently coordinated, reference document SMB/4496/R.

    The SMB noted and agreed to a proposal from the Chinese NC, endorsed by SG 3 officers, for the establishment of a Project Committees for each of Parts 1: Standard of exchange interface between demand-side smart equipment and the Grid and 3: Power Demand Response Standard.

    IEC TC 8 is invited to undertake an activity for Part 2: Domain Side Energy Source Interconnection with the Grid.


    pdf file SMB/4496/R


    SMB document flow

    The SMB approved the recommendations from the SMB ahG 28 concerning circulation of SMB agendas in 3 stages:

    The preliminary draft agenda will be posted on the technical server 6 to 8 weeks before the meeting, as soon as it can be defined in a meaningful manner, with any documents available at that time.

    The draft agenda will be posted on the technical server 4 weeks before the meeting, with all available documents.

    The revised draft agenda will be posted on the server 7 to 10 days before the meeting, with any additional available documents. These additional documents will be placed in the agenda in a third section (after the “balance” and “consent” agendas) as a “late contributions” agenda item.

    In accordance with the Statutes any additional matters can only be considered by the SMB provided no member present raises objection and with full agreement of all the members.

    The SMB disbanded the group, thanking the convener Paul Coeberg van den Braak and the members of the ahG for its recommendations.


    pdf file SMB/4491/R


    SMB ahG 27: P-member participation

    The SMB noting the recommendations of SMB ahG 27 on criteria for participation of P-members, agreed that consistent with the Directives:

    • P-member participation requires voting as well as participation in the technical work;
    • that P-members consistently failing to vote on NP, CDV or FDIS documents, are to be considered as non-participating, and will normally receive a notice from the Central Office indicating a change from “P” to “O” status.

    SMB agreed that the status of a P-member country failing to appoint any experts to the technical work and consistently failing to participate in the plenary of the TC or one of its SCs, on analysis by Central Office, shall have its status changed from “P” to “O” membership. 

    The experts who contribute substantially to WGs by correspondence are considered to be participating experts.

    The SMB thanked the convener Christina Timo and the ahG members for the efficient work and disbanded the group.


    pdf file SMB/4495/R


    TC/SC Vice-Chairmen

    SMB, within its objective to enhance the IEC Technical Committee structure, and to help improve the functioning role of TCs/SCs, agreed that NC Secretariats may nominate, for approval, Vice-Chairmen to TCs/SCs where required.

    The SMB requests the IEC DMT to prepare the necessary procedures for this proposal.



    IEC/CENELEC Cooperation

    The SMB recognizes the CENELEC commitment to the Dresden Agreement citing the CENELEC EU Mandate M/461 for standardization activities regarding nanotechnologies offered to IEC.




    The SMB approved the proposed changes to items 2 and 3 of the DMT Terms of Reference
    Item 2
    “There shall be up to 8 members of the DMT and the IEC SMB Secretary ex officio. At least four DMT members are also SMB members/alternate members.”

    Item 3
    “The convenor shall be a member/alternate member of the SMB

    The SMB approved the nomination of Dr. Shuji Hirakawa to replace Mr. S. Harada, to complete the 2nd and 3rd terms of office until 2014-02-28.


    pdf file SMB/4383/DC


    Roles and Mandates of SMB Strategic Groups

    The SMB agreed to the Roles and Charters of SGs as outlined in document SMB/4382/DC, which calls for:

    • a clear title and scope;
    • a work programme (defining the area of activity and listing those activities);
    • a list of deliverables, with estimated target dates for each of the deliverables;
    • a date by which it is estimated that the work of the SG will be completed;
    • a nominative list of members, the convener being an expert from the appropriate field with qualifications and endorsed by the SMB; limited membership approved by SMB as nominated by SMB members with the support of the SMB Chairman and SG convener.

    Proposals for future SGs should be in accordance with these requirements. The secretariat support of the Strategic Groups will be provided by IEC Central Office.

    SGs shall hold regular consultations with TC experts, for example in the form of Workshops. Liaisons are to be established with outside organizations.


    pdf file SMB/4382/DC


    MSB recommendation 4

    The SMB agrees that IEC strengthen its liaisons with the International Energy Agency (IEA), Asia-Pacific Partnership for Clean Development and Climate (APP), The World Energy Council and The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (UN IPCC) as proposed in the MSB recommendation,and to look further for ways to interact with IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) as proposed by the SMB TF recommendation.


    pdf file SMB/4377/R


    ISO/IEC Automotive MoU

    The SMB approved the Revised Memorandum of Understanding between ISO/TC 22 and IEC TCs on Automotive Electrotechnics given in SMB/4311/DC, with revised wording as follows.

    Last sentence of Introduction:
    “When connected to an external source of electrical energy, the standards that apply to electrical equipment used in similar circumstances are applicable (see Annex A) (the original last sentence has been deleted).”
    Clause 2.2
    “Standards related to all interfaces between externally chargeable road vehicles and the electricity supply infrastructure shall be developed according to the ISO/IEC Directives Part 1, Annex B, if existing IEC standards cannot be used or modified. In case of dispute, mode 5 shall be applied if this is requested by one of the partners.”
    ISO/TMB is invited to concur


    pdf file SMB/4311/DC


    Market Relevance

    The SMB continues to monitor the issue of Market Relevance and agreed on the following:

    When P-members submit an approval vote on an NP it shall be accompanied by an explanation to justify the approval.

    Experts nominated during the NP approval process are an indication of the relevance of the work being proposed. It is the responsibility of the TC concerned to ensure an adequate active representation of all relevant stakeholders.

    The SMB believes that these requirements need to be documented in a new joint TMB/SMB Task Force under the convenership of the current MRTF convener, Steven Cornish. The SMB nominates Paul Coebergh van den Braak, Mike Graham and Thomas Wegmann as the IEC members of the Joint TF.

    ISO/TMB is invited to concur.



    SMB Sector Boards

    The SMB after reviewing the mandates of its subsidiary bodies agreed to maintain Strategic Groups, Advisory Committees and ad hoc Groups.

    SMB agreed to transform SB 1 Electricity Transmission and Distribution into an Advisory Committee and asked SB 1 to revise its Terms of Reference accordingly.

    SMB thanked SB 3 Industrial Automation Systems for its work over many years and decided to disband SB 3.

    SMB decided to request SB 4 Infrastructure and Telecommunications Networks to revise its terms of reference with a view to it becoming an Advisory Committee or Strategic Group.



    MB TF - IEC Masterplan

    In view of the upcoming revision of the IEC Masterplan 2011, the SMB established a Task Force to provide input to the Masterplan revision process.


    IEC 62035 Discharge lamps (excluding fluorescent lamps)

    The SMB noted the recommendation from CAB concerning clause 7 of IEC 62035 and invites SC 34A and IECEE to discuss the issues and report back to the SMB the outcome of their discussions before 2010-05-30.



    The SMB approved ISO/IEC JTC 1 Resolution 51: Appointment of Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA) as Registration Authority for ISO/IEC 9834-9.

    Concerning Resolutions 25 and 26 regarding Smart Grid, and Resolution 34 on Sensor Networks, SMB instructs JTC 1 to coordinate with the SMB/Strategic Group 3 Smart Grid, and suspend the new work item proposal JTC1 N9921 Sensor Networks and Interface for Smart Grid Systems.

    ISO/TMB is invited to concur.


    SO/TC 22 ISO/NP 15118

    The SMB is in favour of a JWG with IEC TC 69 for ISO/TC 22 ISO/NP 15118 Communication protocol between electric vehicle and grid Part 1: Definitions and use-case Part 2: Sequence diagrams and communication layers.

    SMB considered that these items are a subset of the interoperability and communication protocols that will be needed for the smart grid and liaison needs to be established with the appropriate IEC committees (TC 13 and TC 57/WG 17 and others) involved in Smart Grid communication standardization under the coordination activities of the SMB Strategic Group 3.

    ISO/TMB is invited to concur.


    MB TF on ISO/TC 22 counter proposal on Automotive MoU

    The SMB agreed to establish an SMB Task Force of 4 SMB members to address a counter proposal from ISO/TC 22 for the Joint Memorandum of Understanding between ISO and IEC on Automotive Electrotechnics. The Task Force comprises DE, FR (H. Rochereau), ES (P. Corrons) and JP (S. Harada).

    The SMB group will meet with representatives from TMB and ISO/TC 22.

    The TF will report to SMB before 2010-05-30, for consideration/decision by SMB at its June 2010 meeting.


    New ISO TC - Industrial Furnaces - IEC TC 27 Industrial electroheating equipment

    SMB invites ISO/TMB to concur with the TC 27 request to both IEC/SMB and ISO/TMB, to facilitate a fruitful liaison between IEC/TC 27 and ISO/TC 244.


    Recommendations from ACEA following the meeting held in Geneva 2009-12-01 to 2009-12-02

    The SMB approved the following recommendations from ACEA, taking into account the comments received from SMB members, document SMB/4169A/CC:

    • 0912/01 “Environmentally conscious design for electrical and electronic products” - since IEC 62430 has been published and has a horizontal function, IEC Guide 114 will be withdrawn.
    • 0912/03: ECO design and ISO - to avoid development of conflicting standards the work of ISO TC 207 and IEC TC 111 should be aligned.

    SG 3 Smart Grid

    The SMB approved the SG 3 recommendations 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 10, taken at its meeting held 2009-11-19..20, and detailed in document SMB/4175/R, and asked SG 3 to provide action plans for all of the recommendations based on the input from SMB members and TCs/SCs given in document SMB/4175A/CC. SMB however asks SG 3 to take into consideration the comments for recommendations 1, 2, 4 and 8.

    Regarding recommendation 8, SMB remarked that there are several IEC TCs working in this area and asks SG 3 to review the recommendations in light of the comments made at the meeting.

    Recommendation 9 “to add a Smart Grid certification process to the IEC System family”, is referred to CAB for further input to SMB.


    SG 1 Energy Efficiency and renewable resources

    The SMB reviewed the revised SG 1 recommendations 15, 18 and 20 and new recommendations 27 to 34, submitted in the SG 1 report following the meeting held in Tel Aviv, 2009-10-20.

    Taking into consideration the input received from SMB members and TCs/SCs, the SMB approved SG 1 recommendations: 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 33 and 34.

    SMB noted that SMB/SG 3 is addressing the subject of the SG 1 Recommendation 29 - Smart Meters.

    SMB requested SG 1 to clarify recommendations 15 rev, 18 rev and 20 rev, noting work already ongoing in TC 100 and TC 108. SMB requested SG 1 to submit revised recommendations with action plans for SMB approval by correspondence.

    SG 1 is asked to respond to the input received from IEC TCs/SCs, reference documents SMB/4135A/CC and SMB/4135B/CC.


    Alternative Test Methods

    The SMB approved text for ISO/IEC Directives Part 2 - clause, proposed by the IEC DMT, concerning the designation of a referee test method:

    "If more than one test method is to be standardized, a referee method (often called "reference method") may be identified in the document to resolve doubts or dispute. The decision to specify a referee method is made by each committee based on its particular needs. The committee shall either identify one method as the referee method or shall be allowed to identify alternative test methods."

    ISO/TMB is invited to concur.


    Directives Maintenance Team - DMT

    The SMB approved the five recommendations submitted by the Directives Maintenance Team, outlined in document SMB/4153/R, following its meeting held 2009-10-20, and decided:

    • not to extend to other IEC TCs/SCs, the derogation accorded to TC 100 for the acceptance of new work item proposals with a minimum of 2 experts;
    • not to extend to other IEC TCs/SCs, the use of the TC 100 Fast Standardization Procedures (FSP);
    • concerning the questions of principle from TC 86:

    1) PAS validity - to modify Part 1 of the ISO/IEC Directives clause 3.2.4 be modified to read - “The validity may be extended for a single period up to a maximum of 3 years, at the end of which it shall be published as another type of normative document, or shall be withdrawn”.

    2) Persistently inactive experts - add new clause 1.12.3 “Persistently inactive experts, meaning absence of contributions through attendance to working group meetings or by correspondence, shall be removed, by the office of the CEO at the request of the technical committee or sub-committee secretary, from working groups after consultation with the P-member.”

    ISO/TMB is invited to concur on the above two items;

    • to circulate the guidelines for use of video- and teleconferencing by IEC TC/SCs developed by ISO and JTC 1 to IEC NCs and IEC TC/SCs for their comments;
    • to approve the nomination of Max Maffucci (AU) as a member on the IEC DMT.

    ISO/IEC JDMT report

    The SMB concurred with ISO/TMB resolution 132/2009 following approval of the five recommendations from the Joint ISO/IEC DMT concerning:

    • A1 0906/01: Review the recommendations of the JDMT’s Market Relevance Task Force (MRTF);
    • A2 0906/02: WG participation, numbers of experts and continuation of projects;
    • A3 0906/04: ISO/IEC Directives Part 2 - modifications for the 2010 edition;
    • A4 0996/08: Review of the respective texts from IEC and ISO for ISO/IEC Directives Part 2 clauses 6.7 and 6.8;
    • A5 0906/11: Use of ISO’s four digit stage code in IEC’s project data base.

    ISO/IEC/ITU-T SAG on security

    The SMB concurred with the ISO/TMB Resolution 145/2009 and requests the joint SAG on Security to submit a final report and recommendations by May 2010.


    ISO NP Mechatronics - ISO/TS/P 209, SMB/4068A/CC

    The SMB noted the ISO proposal for a new field of technical activity on Mechatronics and SMB believes that existing TCs, for example in ISO 184 and in IEC 22G, 65 and others, are already covering significant portions of this work. The SMB recommends that further consultations take place before continuing with the proposal.

    ISO/TMB is invited to concur.


    Power transmission from offshore to onshore

    In line with a Swedish initative Power transmission from offshore to onshore, the SMB requests TC 20 to inform the SMB when the work being carried out by CIGRE-B1 (i.e. WG B1-32 and WG B1-27), on shore cable standard for high voltage AC and DC is mature, which can be used as the basis for an international standard to cover the connection between offshore power stations and the onshore grid.


    Power transmission from offshore to onshore

    In line with a Swedish initiative Power transmission from offshore to onshore, the SMB, requests TC 18, together with other relevant IEC and ISO committees, to consider which new standards are required to cover HV offshore based non-explosive power stations, both for receiving power from onshore and for supplying the onshore grid.


    SMB TF on Batteries and Battery Chargers

    The SMB received an oral report from Jan Roed, convener of the Task Force explaining the recent developments in this domain and at his request disbanded the TF. The report will be circulated after the SMB meeting.

    The SMB thanked Mr. Roed for his report.


    Joint IEC-CIGRÉ Coordination Group (JICCG) meeting held 2009-08-31 in Kista, Sweden

    The SMB received the final report from JICCG, established less than two years ago to provide guidance to IEC and CIGRE in the development of UHV standardization for both AC and DC where the state of the art permits such standardization to be undertaken.

    The SMB thanked the JICCG and the co-chairmen Dr. Hisatoshi Ikeda (IEC) and Mr Mark Waldron (CIGRE) for the documentation and work undertaken to provide a road map of UHV AC technologies. The outstanding open issues identified by JICCG will be addressed by SG 2.

    The SMB agreed that TC 99, which has competences both in HVAC and HVDC, should be included in the Roadmap. TC 115 is requested to finalize its scope and submit it for SMB approval by February 2010.

    In accordance with the recommendation of JICCG, upon the completion of its mandate the SMB disbanded JICCG and invited CIGRE to concur.


    SMB SG 2: Standardization of Ultra High Voltage(UHV) Technologies

    The SMB approved the three recommendations from SG 2, submitted in the report from its first meeting held in Kista Sweden, 2009-09-02, concerning the revision of its scope; to provide a definition of UHV and to develop a road map of standardization on UHV DC technologies.


    IEC Guides - SMB/4081/DC, SMB/4081A/CC

    The SMB confirmed that IEC Guides contain mandatory and non-mandatory text and requested that the Guides listed in the annex to document SMB/4081/DC, be referred to the bodies responsible for review, to identify parts that are mandatory or for guidance only. IEC Guides 104, 107 and 108 are mandatory.

    The SMB agreed that in future, all new Guides should give a clear indication of those which are mandatory or for guidance.

    TCs/SCs will be provided with a clear definition of a “Guide” including instructions of their use by administrative circular.

    ISO/TMB is invited to concur.


    Alternative “referee” Test Methods - SMB/4080/DC, SMB/4080A/CC

    The SMB, on the subject of Alternative “referee” Test Methods, agreed that the IEC should be flexible allowing each TC/SC to decide, as a function of their needs, on the necessity of designating a referee test method.

    The SMB agreed to request the DMT to develop text to revise the existing wording of the ISO/IEC Directives to reflect this and report back to SMB for its February 2010 meeting.


    TC 23 Electric Accessories & SCs, SMB/4042/R

    The SMB approved the report of TC 23 with the exception of the SBP and requested TC 23 and its subcommittees to develop a plan to address the concerns of the US NC, given in document SMB/4042A/CC, and supported by other NCs, about several TC 23 standards covered by SC 23B, SC 23C and SC 23H not reflecting the needs of significant markets.

    The SMB requests TC 23 to revise the SBP accordingly, in time for the SMB June 2010 meeting.


    Proposal for ISO and IEC Collection and Databases on Adoption/Use of ISO and IEC Deliverables

    The SMB considered a proposal for ISO and IEC for collection into databases information on adoption/use of ISO and IEC deliverables, and noting that the IEC has a well established database, suggested to broaden the database to include more information regarding usage of standards and encouraging harmonization of the content of the IEC and ISO databases.

    The SMB supported the ongoing discussions between IEC and ISO on this subject.


    Joint ACEA/ACOS TF flame ignition requirements

    The SMB thanked the Joint ACEA/ACOS Task Force for the recommendations, document SMB/3994/R, on external small flame ignition requirements in IEC standards, endorsing them and authorizing the distribution (via AC/20/2009) to all TCs and to further publicize the recommendations throughout the IEC.


    AC’s’ Terms of Reference

    The SMB approved the revised terms of reference of SMB Advisory Committees, as referenced in document SMB/3982/INF, with small editorial changes. The SMB approved the membership of ACEC to consist of up to 20 members including the chairman of TC 77 and CISPR as ex officio members of ACEC.

    The SMB advisory committees are invited to implement the revised terms of reference. The current membership of the ACs will remain unchanged until their terms of office have expired.


    SMB/SG on LVDC

    The SMB agreed to a proposal from the Swedish NC, document SMB/4007/DP, to establish a strategic group on “LVDC distribution systems up to 1500V DC in relation to energy efficiency”, which includes all mobile products with batteries, lighting, multimedia, ICT etc. with electronic supply units.

    The Swedish NC, which has offered to undertake the convenership of SG 4, is invited to take into account the comments received in document SMB/4007B/DP and made at the meeting, and propose the membership of the SG 4 from the TCs proposed.

    SMB nominations are requested by 2009-07-31.


    Joint ISO/IEC Guide Security- SMB/3971/DC, SMB/3971A/CC

    The SMB approved the submission of ISO/IEC Guide: Guidelines for the inclusion of security aspects in standards in parallel with ISO for a formal 4 months vote in accordance with the Directives. The SMB requests that the SAG-S take into account the SMB comments and bring the definition of safety in line with ISO/IEC Guide 51 before circulation.


    ISO/IEC Project Committee on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Sources - Common International Terminology

    The SMB approved a joint ISO/IEC proposal for a common international terminology document for energy efficiency, reference documents C/1559/DV and C/1574/RV, to be undertaken by a Joint ISO/IEC Project Committee. At the present time IEC NCs Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Sweden and the United States have indicated that they will appoint experts to the Joint Project Committee.

    ISO/TMB is invited to note and concur.


    TC 88 Wind Turbines - TS 61400-22 - SMB/3981/DP, SMB/3981A/CC, SMB/4017/INF

    The SMB approved the request from TC 88 for TS 61400-22 to be converted into a full standard in conformance with the criteria for requests by Technical Committees to prepare sector specific operating procedures for use by conformity assessment bodies in accordance with the IEC Supplement of the ISO/IEC Directives subclause 6.3.

    TC 88 is requested to circulate the document for approval as an FDIS.


    French Translations - SMB/3999/DP

    The SMB confirmed that the TC/SC secretariats, without exception, shall send the English texts that need to be translated (CDV, FDIS, DTS, DTR) in an editable format to the French NC, in application of the IEC Supplement to the ISO/IEC Directives, Annex L.


    EMF exposure limits in IEC TCs

    The SMB agreed in principle to the recommendations from the Canadian NC on the use of EMF exposure limits in IEC TCs, reference in document SMB/3979/DC, taking into account the comments received, document SMB/3978A/CC. A revised version will be submitted to SMB for approval by correspondence.

    The SMB agreed that all TCs should avoid any reference to exposure limits in the normative sections of a standard, and that a disclaimer statement be added whenever exposure limits are included in an informative annex.

    The SMB endorsed the proposals concerning the scope of TC 106, and requested TC 106 to implement them. TC 106 is asked to avoid using the fast track procedure for documents that include exposure limits specifically those offered to TC 106 under the Dresden agreement.

    Clear instructions to TCs involved in the development of standards on EMF measurement techniques will be provided based on the recommendations proposed.


    Danish NC proposal on CD and DC documents

    The SMB noted the Danish NC proposal concerning the “no comments” box when voting on CD and DC documents and agreed that this be changed to “no comments at this stage”. 

    NCs are requested to follow the procedures given in AC/15/2007.


    SMB ahGs and SG membership

    The SMB decided to keep the membership to a minimum to ensure efficient working.  NCs may nominate one member to ad hoc Groups (ahGs) and SMB Strategic Groups (SGs) and where desired an alternate may also be named who can replace the member at meetings. The members are to be appointed by the SMB chairman and the SG/ahG convener, in consultation with the IEC Central Office, from the nominees submitted.The convener may invite experts when needed to attend meetings.

    Documentation is to be made available to all in liaison.


    Exposure limits in EMF measurement standards

    The SMB agreed to the Canadian proposal to draft a paper on the subject of the development of exposure limits in EMF measurement standards by several TCs.  The SMB NCs DE, DK, ES, JP, SE and the US will participate in drafting the paper with the Canadian NC.


    Approval TC reports by correspondence

    The SMB agreed to approve TC/SC reports by correspondence within 4 weeks following circulation of the reports for comment and approval, for inclusion in the consent agenda of the subsequent SMB meetings following the approval periods.

    This decision is in line with SMB Decision 131/2, following a successful trial period of one year which proved to be an efficient and fast method of approving TC/SC reports.


    Interpretation of “active participation” by P-members

    The SMB concurred with the interpretation of “active participation” by TC/SC P-members and WG/PT experts, in accordance with the ISO/IEC Directives Part 1, 1.7.4 , given in document SMB/3815/DC. Central Office will provide guidance, in consultation with the IEC TC Officers, for evaluating whether the requirements of the Directives have been met before proposing appropriate action.


    SMB strategy implementation plan

    The SMB approved the SMB Standardization Strategy Implementation Plan 2008-2011, with slight improvements which will require small editorial changes in the approved policy document. An amended version of the policy will be circulated.


    Transitional periods

    The SMB approved in principle the DMT recommendation to extend the use of transitional periods to all IEC publications and requests the DMT to revise the text in the current edition of the IEC Supplement to the Directives.


    PAS procedures

    The SMB concurred with the DMT recommendation concerning PAS procedures, requesting, that for direct submission of a PAS, a check list be developed by Central Office for use with the FormPAS, to ensure that there is no conflict with existing International Standards, copyright agreements and that IPR issues have been addressed.

    The SMB thanked TC 65 for its input to the improvement of FormNP, which will be sent to the ISO/TMB and IEC/SMB group on market relevance. TC 65 is requested to explore the use of the Fast Track option given in the ISO/IEC Directives Part 1, F.2, for publications from external organizations dealing with mature technology.


    Common terminology, metrics, general calculation methods and criteria in the field of energy efficiency

    The SMB agreed to the proposal of the chairs of IEC SMB/SG1 and ISO/TMB/SAG E to establish a joint ISO/IEC Project Committee to develop a common general terminology, metrics, general calculation methods and criteria in the field of energy efficiency in order to provide a generic framework as the basis for further detailed domain specific requirements for the development of suitable ISO/IEC deliverable(s).The SMB concurs with ISO/TMB resolution 135/2008 to invite AFNOR, together with the French NC, to develop a new work item proposal.The SMB invited ITU to participate and invited ISO/TMB to note the SMB position.


    Reduction of voting times in the development process

    The SMB noted the conclusions from the joint SMB/TMB ahG on reduction of voting times in the development process and agreed to:

    • reduce the result of vote on NP (IEC specific) from 6 weeks to 3 weeks
    • change the comment period on CDs from 3 months to a period of 2, 3 or 4 months as agreed by the TC/SC concerned.

    The SMB thanked and disbanded the joint SMB/TMB ahG.

    SMB invites TMB to concur.


    IEC Strategic Group on UHV

    The SMB agreed to set up a strategic group on UHV to address the IEC standardization needs and coordinate activities of IEC TCs.

    SMB members are asked to provide names of approximately 12 experts to participate in this group by end December 2008.

    The Swedish NC will provide the name of the convener.


    Smart Grid

    The SMB complemented Alvin Scolnik, Vice President Technical Services of NEMA and Richard Schomberg, Chairman of IEC TC 8, for interesting presentations on smart grid to provide an overall view of this activity.

    The SMB proposes to set up a Strategic Group on Smart Grid with the primary responsibility for the development of a framework that includes protocols and model standards to achieve interoperability of smart grid devices and systems.

    Members of SMB agreed to provide names of approximately 12 representatives from systems integrators, utilities, business, manufacturers and users by end December 2008.

    The US NC is invited to convene this group. A progress report will be reviewed at the SMB February 2009 meeting.


    International standards on public policies

    The SMB approved the draft document Principles for developing ISO and IEC standards related to or supporting public policy initiatives to be made available as a policy statement.

    The SMB concurred with ISO/TMB Resolution 123/2008 to ask the Joint Directives Maintenance Team to review the document to determine whether consequential changes are needed to the ISO/IEC Directives.


    DMT recommendations from Tokyo meeting - SMB/3441/R

    The SMB approved DMT recommendations:

      • A.1
      • Decisions taken by TCs when meetings over-run and some of the P-members have already left - the Chairman’s survival kit should be modified to give guidelines (as outlined in DMT report) for handling voting decisions taken when meetings over-run.
      • A.2
      • Rules for JWGs (ISO/IEC) - the key principles (outlined in the DMT recommendation)on the ISO proposed rules for JWGs (ISO/IEC) for discussion/negotiation with ISO at the next ISO/IEC DMT meeting.
      • A.3
      • Review of terms of reference - the revised Terms of Reference given in Annex A of DMT report.
      • A.4
      • DMT membership - the extensions to the terms of office of M. Graham, D. George and C. Zegers, for the period 2007-07-01 to 2010-06-30.
      • A.5
      • Maintenance procedures - that the DMT verify that the maintenance programme initiated in 2000 is fulfilling its objective of ensuring that there is adequate stability of IEC publications.
      • A.6
      • Handling of SMB TC QPs - that all TC QPs related to fundamental changes/derogations to the Directives be submitted to the DMT for their comments and recommendations and to put in abeyance this type of QP until the DMT has submitted its comments and recommendations without delaying the circulation of the TC RSMB.



    The SMB thanked ahG 24 for the proposals to improve the SPS of IEC TCs and agreed to:

    • a more market oriented SPS as outlined in document SMB/3481/R
    • focus on strategic issues not available on the website
    • modify the designation to “strategic business plan”

    trial a few TCs with the new “SBP”, for use as guidance before agreeing to implementation for all TCs

    AhG 24 is asked to analyse the results of the trial to ensure that those SBPs correspond to the desired result for use as examples for other TCs and report to SMB by June 2008.


    NP - Marine Energy - Wave and Tidal Energy Converters

    The SMB noted the interest of 6 NCs to participate in a new TC dealing with Marine Energy - Wave and Tidal Energy Converters and decided to establish IEC TC 114 as proposed in document SMB/3487/NP, with the deletion of the last bullet in the programme of work.

    The SMB noted the requests from the British and Canadian NCs to undertake the secretariat duties of this new TC and will decide after the deadline of 2007-08-17 for NCs to respond to SMB/3487/NP.


    Transitional period for the adoption by member countries of IEC safety publications

    The SMB considered that transitional periods for the adoption by member countries of IECsafety publications to define a suitable transitional period from the use of the old to the new edition could be provided on an informative basis. However, emphasized that IEC standards are voluntary, not mandatory, including those that are suitable for national/regional regulatory use. IEC standards should not specify arbitrary transitional periods that would not be consistent with the requirements in different markets. Those dates should be determined by authorities having jurisdiction.

    During the transitional period, both editions of publications concerned will be available.


    New initiatives for IEC work

    The SMB agreed to set up two SMB strategic groups to look into new initiatives for IEC work, one on aspects of energy and one on automotive electronics, to further develop the proposals that are outlined in document SMB/3382A/CC and to report back to the SMB 129 meeting in June 2007.

    SMB/SG 1: The SMB Strategic Group on energy efficiency and renewable resources will hold consultations under the leadership of Germany with participation of CA, CN, ES FR, GB, IT, JP and US.

    SMB/SG2: The SMB Strategic Group on automotive electronics will hold consultations under the leadership of Japan with the participation of DE, FR, IT, KR and the US.


    ISO/IEC/ITU Common Patent Policies

    The SMB welcomed the draft guidelines for implementing the common IEC/ISO/ITU patent policy, and agreed with the ISO/TMB resolution to make every effort to obtain patent information in cases where a patent holder refuses to grant licences free of charge or under reasonable and non-discriminatory terms and conditions. The SMB noted the WSC decision to refer comments received to the three CEOs for further consideration.


    The SMB decided to set up a new IEC TC 113 with the provisional title and scope as outlined in document SMB/3235/DV.

    It is noted that the German and US NCs have indicated an interest in undertaking the secretariat of TC 113.

    The deadline for responding to document SMB/3235/DV has been extended to 2006-06-30, to allow for a longer period for NCs to respond regarding membership and secretariat.

    The SMB requested SMB ABN 20 to propose concrete recommendations to ensure close cooperation between ISO and IEC and to review the proposed programme of work for the next SMB meeting, 2006-09-25.


    The SMB having considered input from TC/SC officers:

    • agreed to request TC 31 to draft a “code of good working practice“ for TC 31 work referring to all relevant IEC guides. The model can be used as a basis for work of other TCs/SCs.
    • approved a proposal for re-scheduling retraining sessions for TC/SC officers in consultation with the TC/SC secretaries and with the agreement of the secretariats concerned.
    • agreed the DMT to review the responses to the survey about IEC Directives Part 2 Annex A Principles for drafting standards to improve guidance for ensuring that IEC publications are market relevant and to report to the SMB in February 2007.


    The SMB thanked SB 1 for recommendation 1 and agreed that Ultra-high-voltage transmission standards may be needed in the near future. However, the SMB is also concerned as to whether sufficient research has been done and felt that before the IEC proceeds with the SB1 recommendation that a Ultra High Voltage Symposium be held with CIGRE, EPRI and other research institutions as well as representatives from key IEC TCs to address the subject.

    Central Office will consult the chairmen of SB 1 and TC 8 to determine which of the two entities should organize the symposium.


    The SMB welcomed the proposal from ISO/TMB to transform IEC TC 31 Equipment for explosive atmospheres into a joint IEC/ISO TC, agrees with the intent to work collaboratively, but noted that there were several organizational issues associated with creating a JTC.

    The SMB suggested to set up a subcommittee within IEC TC 31 with ISO secretariat and chair with participation of ISO and IEC members to process double logo standards on “non electrical” matters. This provision is not fully covered by the current Directives and a special provision would be needed for this particular case.

    ISO/TMB is invited to concur and SMB welcomes further dialogue.


    The Committee of Action requested TCs to apply the Directives, article 1.7.4, concerning participation of P-members which directly influences the number of experts required for the acceptance of New Proposal (NP). If the required number of experts has not been obtained by the end of the voting period, NCs can, within one month, nominate further experts they consider will contribute effectively to the work, without resubmitting the NP for vote.

    However, in the case of highly specialized technology the Committee of Action is prepared to give derogation, on a project-by-project basis, after careful study of justifications provided by the TCs/SCs.