International Standards and Conformity Assessment for all electrical, electronic and related technologies
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The IEC Centenary Challenge

Reduce costs

Reduce costs

Make the world your home

Sell to more customers in more countries

International trade in electrotechnical products and services has never been greater, and globalisation and increased competition is a fact of business life. With IEC International Standards as a common reference tool, you manage the quality of your products and cut down barriers to trade.

Access more markets with internationally agreed specifications


Standards provide a sense of clarity in an ever more complex world. Many countries around the world have adopted IEC International Standards as their national standards.


Offering standardized products brings you global market acceptance. Companies need specifications, data and internationally agreed-upon measurement methods to develop and market products that work with each other safely and efficiently in as many countries as possible.

Reach the whole world of electrotechnology

Today 170 countries in the world participate in the IEC. 61 full members and 23 associate members are actively involved in IEC standardization work. 86 countries participate in the IEC Affiliate Country Programme, which is free of charge.

Simplify quality control and certification

IEC International Standards also serve as the basis for Conformity Assessment and Certification. They are an objective reference tool for 3rd party testers, benefiting open competition and fair market access.


Enter markets faster by eliminating superfluous testing

IEC Conformity Assessment Systems help companies access markets faster and eliminate the cost  of  unnecessary individual market testing.


Major consumer companies like Panasonic or Mitsubishi Electric use IEC CA (Conformity Assessment) Systems to  ensure the simultaneous roll-out of products into many markets, without the need for retesting.


Find out more about IEC CA Systems.

Lower barriers to trade

The IEC, together with ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and ITU (International Telecommunication Union), has built a strategic partnership with the WTO (World Trade Organization). WTO deals with the global rules of trade between nations. Its main function is to ensure that trade flows as smoothly, predictably and freely as possible.


The Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) – sometimes referred to as the Standards Code – aims to reduce obstacles  to trade resulting from differences between national regulations and standards.