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

IEC News log – 2011

Electric vehicle

Improving safety of hazardous areas through certified personnel competence

First IECEx Certificate of Personnel Competence in Australia


Sean Segond von Banchet, Managing Director of SvB ExTech, the company he founded in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, is the first Australian expert to be granted an international IECEx CoPC (Certificate of Personnel Competence).


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2011-11-14

The "car of the future" on agenda when car makers meet standards makers


How international standards can support the development of "the car of the future" and the intelligent transport systems that will support it will be among the main items on the agenda at the next Fully Networked Car workshop.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2011-11-09

Electric vehicle

Global academic challenge launched to promote innovation and jobs worldwide


IEC and IEEE announce US$45,000 Global Academic Challenge to examine the impact of electrotechnology and inspire the next generation of innovation.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2011-10-27

Electric vehicle

EVs ready to charge ahead


The publication of two International EV charging Standards by the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) lifts a major hurdle for the EV charging infrastructure, supporting the mass adoption of electric vehicles.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2011-10-18

Electric vehicle

IEC releases final draft standards for EV charging


New standards move international EV cross-market compatibility forward. The latest set of IEC International Standards for electric vehicles (EVs) is nearing completion with the circulation of two final draft standards, IEC 62196-1 and IEC 62196-2. These define the plugs and sockets for charging EVs.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2011-10-03

Electric vehicle

W3C Web Services Standards Approved as ISO/IEC International Standards


The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Joint Technical Committee JTC 1, Information Technology, of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) announced formal approval of a package of W3C Web Services technologies as ISO/IEC International Standards. As ISO/IEC JTC 1 Standards, these widely deployed technologies now benefit from formal recognition from national bodies, which will promote interoperability and reduce market fragmentation, thus benefiting all users.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2011-09-06

Electric vehicle

Is your biometric data safe online? ISO/IEC standard ensures security and privacy


Biometrics, like fingerprints and iris scans, is being used more and more as a reliable form of authentication for online transactions. But how can we be sure that this data won’t be compromised? To ensure security and privacy when managing and processing biometric information, ISO, the International Organization for Standardization, and IEC have jointly published a new International Standard, ISO/IEC 24745, Information technology – Security techniques – Biometric information protection.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2011-08-11

Electric vehicle

UN statement underlines IEC’s role in supporting global EV roll-out


Following their recent summit, a joint statement between the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership and UN-Energy has underlined the need for increasing public-private partnerships to improve overall access to energy and to promote the use of cleaner technologies. The Partnership pointed to the enormous potential of technologies such as electric vehicles (EVs) to reduce greenhouse gases and recognized the role of the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) in these areas.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2011-07-12

Electric motor

What do we do until renewables are in place?

IEC International Standards for energy-efficient motors


In light of the increasing worries about power safety, more and more politicians lobby for the urgent embrace of renewable sources of energy to lower CO2 emission levels. But while talks are on-going, concrete commitments are outstanding. Meanwhile regulations are waiting to be put in place that will enable investment into the building of the necessary infrastructures. The question then arises: how do we cope with the increasing need for energy in the meantime? One option is to use less energy, which for some is not an option at all. How about using energy more efficiently then? Not much can be said against that and a lot is in the pipeline and ready to use.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2011-06-21

Winning poster

Results of World Standards Day 2011 poster competition

International Standards – Creating confidence globally


Open to all, the competition was to design a poster for World Standards Day, 14 October, on the theme, “International Standards – Creating confidence globally”. The competition’s organizer, the WSC, comprises IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission, ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and ITU (International Telecommunication Union.

First prize and winner of 1 500 Swiss francs goes to Caterina Fiorani, (Italy).


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2011-06-10


IEC invited to world leading electric utilities and UN-Energy summit

Crucial role of International Standards for mass implementation of electric vehicles


The IEC, represented by Immediate Past President Jacques Régis and Senior technology consultant Frank Kitzantides, attended the e8 UN-Energy summit held in New York on 2 June. The crucial role of electric utilities in the development and deployment of EV technology calls for closer collaboration between the public and private sectors. As the expert in the international standardization of electrotechnology, the IEC feels responsible for coordinating those efforts.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2011-06-06


Helping smaller countries protect their populations from danger in explosive environments

New UNECE publication offers regulatory framework and endorses IECEx System


The IEC is proud to announce that United Nations via UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) has just issued a publication that helps address the hazards in environments with a high risk of explosion such as mines, refineries, chemical plants and mills.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2011-03-22

Shorter voting time image

Faster standardization for fast-moving technical fields

IEC significantly shortens voting time to speed up standards delivery


The IEC announced today the decision to try cutting down the voting time for the enquiry stage of a standard.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2011-03-18

World Standards Day

Take part in the World Standards Day 2011 poster competition!

International Standards – Creating confidence globally


A competition open to all has been launched to design a poster for World Standards Day, 14 October, on the theme, “International Standards – Creating confidence globally”.


( read article ) ( version française) Geneva, Switzerland, 2011-03-16

Charging electric vehicle

Reducing driver distraction…

Increasing chances for global EV roll-out...


Fully Networked Car event @ Geneva Motor Show, 2 and 3 March will cover topics such as how technology can help improve road safety…and what it will really take to achieve global adoption of the electric car.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2011-02-28

Charging electric vehicle

A step forward for global EV roll-out

IEC International Standard for EV charging


The IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) and e8,a global organization of 10 world leading electricity companies, for the first time, have brought together all major stakeholders that need to collaborate to accelerate the global roll-out of EVs (Electric Vehicles). At this high-level international round table that took place on 19 January 2011 in Washington DC, USA, and which represents a milestone in the future growth of these vehicles, all participants confirmed that the IEC’s existing and proposed International Standards for EV charging satisfy their global needs.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2011-02-03

Universal phone charger

One size-fits-all mobile phone charger: IEC publishes first globally relevant standard

IEC International Standard for universal phone charger


IEC, the international standards and conformity assessment body for all fields of electrotechnology, announces today the publication of the first globally relevant universal phone charger standard for data-enabled mobile telephones.


( read article ) London, UK, 2011-02-01

Jacques Régis

2011 World Electronics Forum: IEC President addresses electronics leaders from around the world

Globally relevant specifications essential for free trade in electronics


CEA (Consumer Electronics Association), the host of the WEF Meeting that took place at the International CES, invited the IEC, the leading global standardization body in electrotechnology, to address leaders of 65 electronics associations from around the world. He outlined why globally relevant specifications are today essential for free trade in electronics.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2011-01-24

WSC Newsletter

How business leaders increase competitive advantage by using standards

A new electronic newsletter launched by IEC, ISO and ITU


IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) and its partners ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and ITU (International Telecommunication Union) have launched a new electronic newsletter providing concrete examples of how standards impact the bottom line, stimulate economic growth, productivity and innovation and allow businesses large and small to access broader markets.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2011-01-12