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


Standardization Management Board


Definition of terms

Horizontal standard

Standard on fundamental principles, concepts, terminology or technical characteristics, relevant to a number of technical committees and of crucial importance to ensure the coherence of the corpus of standardization documents

Product publication

Publication covering a specific product or group of related products

SMB and Horizontal standards

Horizontal standards are assigned by the Standardization Management Board (SMB) with the purpose of:

  • Ensuring the coherence of the corpus of standardization documents;
  • Avoiding duplication of work and contradictory requirements.

These definitions are taken from:
IEC Guide 108

TCs with Horizontal Standards