SDG 3 - Good health and well being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all

SDG 3   

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Safe medical devices

Access to quality healthcare is an essential human right. IEC work in standardization provides the technical foundation for all essential medical devices used in disease prevention, diagnostics and treatment. The members of IECEE verify and certify that medical devices are safe and work as expected.

26 IEC TC/SCs, 2 IEC SyCs and 2 IEC CA Systems contribute to SDG 3.

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IEC for SDGs

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IEC work addresses topics related to healthcare and well-being, as well as the safety of healthcare workers

Medical devices

Medical devices

Alarm systems

Alarm systems

Laser safety

Laser safety

Cyber security

Cyber security

Cooling

Cooling

Lighting

Lighting

Laboratory equipment

Laboratory equipment

Diagnostic imaging

Diagnostic imaging

Infra- and ultrasound

Infra- and ultrasound

Overall electrical safety

Overall electrical safety

Emergency medical services

Emergency medical services

Radiotherapy

Radiotherapy

Functional safety

Functional safety

IEC work directly impacts the following SDG targets

3.1 Reduce global maternal mortality ratio

IEC work covers lighting and medical equipment used in maternity wards. A woman giving birth in an electrified health clinic is less likely to die in childbirth. Electricity also ensures that a baby’s first breath is of fresh air, not candles or kerosene fumes.

  • IEC TC 29: Electroacoustics;
  • IEC SC 34D: Luminaires;
  • IEC TC 62 and 4 SCs: Medical equipment for diagnosis and treatment, IEC 60601 series of standards, which covers safety, performance and other aspects of devices such as electronic fever thermometers, incubators, lamps for operating rooms, ultrasound, X-ray, laser treatments, critical care equipment, artificial respiration, laboratory equipment, and many more;
  • IEC TC 66: Safety of measuring, control and laboratory equipment;
  • IEC TC 76: Optical radiation safety and laser equipment;
  • IEC TC 79: Alarm and electronic security systems;
  • IEC TC 106: Methods for the assessment of electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields associated with human exposure; IEC SyC Smart cities: Electrotechnical aspects of smart cities; IECEE (IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components).

3.2 End preventable deaths of children under 5 years of age, reduce neonatal mortality

A child born in an electrified health clinic is less likely to die because of prolonged labour, asphyxia, or preterm birth complications. Prenatal maternal care such as ultrasound can help identify risks for mother or child. Emergency medical services can help reduce mortality rates. The replacement of kerosene with solar lighting helps reduce respiratory diseases and burn accidents among young children. Refrigeration of baby and infant food reduces mortality rates through diarrhoea. All relevant technologies are covered by IEC work.

  • IEC TC 29: Electroacoustics;
  • IEC SC 34D: Luminaires;
  • IEC TC 62 and 4 SCs: Medical equipment for diagnosis and treatment - IEC 60601 series of standards for safety, performance and other aspects of devices such as electronic fever thermometers, incubators, lamps for operating rooms, ultrasound, X-ray, laser treatments, critical care equipment, artificial respiration, laboratory equipment, and many more;
  • IEC TC 66: Safety of measuring, control and laboratory equipment;
  • IEC TC 76: Optical radiation safety and laser equipment;
  • IEC TC 79: Alarm and electronic security systems;
  • IEC TC 106: Methods for the assessment of electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields associated with human exposure;
  • IEC SyC Smart cities: Electrotechnical aspects of smart cities;
  • IECEE (IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components).

3.4 Reduce premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment

Ambient and household air pollution and related cardiovascular and respiratory diseases are responsible for a high number of deaths in developing countries. They directly result from the use of polluting fuels for lighting and cooking. IEC work facilitates access to clean off-grid electricity and solar lighting.

  • IEC SC 34D: Luminaires;
  • IEC TC 62 and 4 SCs: Medical equipment for diagnosis and treatment, IEC 60601 series of standards for safety, performance, and other aspects of devices such as electronic fever thermometers, incubators, lamps for operating rooms, ultrasound, X-ray, laser treatments, critical care equipment, artificial respiration, laboratory equipment, and many more;
  • IEC TC 66: Safety of measuring, control and laboratory equipment;
  • IEC SyC Smart cities: Electrotechnical aspects of smart cities.

3.8 Achieve access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all

Immunization saves millions of lives and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Vaccines are fragile. They must be kept cold and deteriorate rapidly after they are removed from storage. IEC work contributes to the safe manufacturing and proper cooling of vaccines. IEC work also underpins the safety and reliability of essential medical devices used in diagnosis and treatment.

  • IEC TC 29: Electroacoustics;
  • IEC TC 44: Safety of machinery - Electrotechnical aspects;
  • IEC TC 56: Dependability;
  • IEC TC 59/WG 11: Accessibility and usability of household and similar electrical appliances;
  • IEC SC 59M: Refrigeration appliances for household or commercial use;
  • IEC TC 61: Safety of household and similar electrical appliances including IEC SC 61C: Safety of refrigeration appliances for household and commercial use;
  • IEC TC 62 and 4 SCs: Medical equipment for diagnosis and treatment, IEC 60601 series of standards for safety, performance and other aspects of devices such as electronic fever thermometers, incubators, lamps for operating rooms, ultrasound, X-ray, laser treatments, critical care equipment, artificial respiration, laboratory equipment, and many more;
  • IEC TC 66: Safety of measuring, control and laboratory equipment;
  • IEC TC 76: Optical radiation safety and laser equipment;
  • IEC TC 79: Alarm and electronic security systems;
  • IEC TC 86 and 3 SCs: Fibre optics;
  • IEC TC 100/TA 16: Active assisted living (AAL), wearable electronic devices and technologies, accessibility and user interfaces;
  • IEC TC 106: Methods for the assessment of electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields associated with human exposure;
  • IEC TC 108: Safety of electronic equipment within the field of audio/video, information technology and communication technology;
  • IEC TC 116: Safety of motor-operated electric tools;
  • IEC SyC AAL: Active assisted living;
  • ISO/IEC JTC 1: Information technology;
  • IECEE (IEC System of Conformity Assessment for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components).

3.9 Reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals

The IEC publishes standards and guides that help reduce the use of hazardous chemicals in manufacturing and improve waste management and end-of-life recycling.

  • IEC TC 111: Environmental standardization for electrical and electronic products and systems;
  • IECQ (IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components) - hazardous substances.

 

IEC and SDGs

End poverty and hunger. Achieve food security and promote sustainable agriculture

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Reduce inequality within and among countries

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Conserve and sustainably use ocean, sea and marine resources

Promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, halt and reverse land degradation and biodiversity loss

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable institutions at all levels

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development