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Regulation and infrastructure

Benefits of using
IEC International Standards



IEC International Standards are developed, accepted and used by both the private and public sectors. Here are some of the many benefits of using IEC International Standards for public policy makers.


Focused infrastructure development


Because regulators are not engineers, international standards and organizations like the IEC can help bring the innovative potential of the industry on the right track. This helps avoid island solutions that can hinder the growth of the market.


Merging technologies


Regulators need to ensure that there is adequate investment, the right technologies and products and fair pricing for all users. They also need to take into account that more and more technologies are merging and infrastructure systems need to be able to communicate across borders. Standards provide built-in interoperability.


Promoting cooperation


International Standards can help regulators to provide common platforms that allow many different players, who are in competition, to work together on a same goal. They help promote fair competition and provide a level playing field so that national infrastructures can be built in time and stay relevant for longer.


Enhance trade


The WTO TBT Agreement recognizes the contribution International Standards can make toward improving the efficiency of production and international trade. The use of IEC International Standards is consistent with the obligations of countries that are members of the WTO to reduce barriers to trade.


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Using and referencing IEC and ISO standards to support public policy