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International cooperation

Cooperation with international
and regional bodies


The IEC has cooperation agreements, based on the exchange of information, with several regional Standardization bodies, such as AFSEC (African Electrotechnical Standardization Commission), CANENA (Council for Harmonization of Electrotechnical Standards of the Nations of the Americas), CENELEC (European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization), COPANT (Pan American Standards Commission), EASC (EuroAsian Interstate Council for Standardization), ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) and PASC (Pacific Area Standards Congress).


The WTO (World Trade Organization) is obviously a privileged partner where trade is concerned but the IEC has also developed close ties with international organizations, including the IMF (International Monetary Fund), the EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development), the World Bank, and United Nations agencies such as UNDP (United Nations Development Programme), UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) and the WHO (World Health Organization).


United Nations endorses IEC and IECEx

The United Nations, via UNECE, recommends the IEC and IECEx as the world’s best practice model for the verification of conformity to International Standards. In January 2011, it published a “Common Regulatory Framework” encompassing the use of IEC International Standards developed by IEC TC (Technical Committee) 31: Equipment for explosive atmospheres, with proof of compliance demonstrated by IECEx. The UNECE publication, Common Regulatory Framework for Equipment Used in Environments with an Explosive Atmosphere, addresses the hazards in environments with a high risk of explosion such as mines, refineries, chemical plants and mills. It can be used by countries that lack regulation in this sector as a blueprint for their legislation, and also for aligning existing national regulations with internationally harmonized best practice.


For more information on IEC’s partners around the world, go to the About the IEC section > Global reach > Our partners