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

TC News - June 2015


Decisions and actions resulting from the SMB meeting held in Geneva, 2015-06-16



IEC Technical Activities – Structure

SMB/CAG proposal concerning Chairs from same/different country as Secretariat

The current text in the IEC Supplement to ISO/IEC Directives merely expresses a suggestion for considering appointing a Chair from a country other than that of the Secretariat. The CAG discussed whether this should be encouraged more strongly. The SMB decided to reaffirm the intent of the Directives expressing a preference for Chairs and Secretariats to come from different countries, but also agreed to continue to allow the possibility of the same country in exceptional circumstances where it was appropriate. The SMB asked the DMT to tighten the wording concerning the nomination of Chairs from a country other than that of the Secretariat. It was also agreed that:

a) when the nomination for Chair deviates from the conventional situation, the Secretariat should provide additional justification supporting the reasons behind the decision;

b) when multiple candidates are nominated by the P-members, the P-members of the TC or SC should be asked in a questionnaire to express their preference for one of the candidates. The questionnaire should be an open ballot with all candidates being presented, including a brief CV and a motivation statement from each; the individual questionnaire responses are seen only by IEC CO and the results sent to the Secretariat. The Secretariat is not bound by the results of the questionnaire, but if a nominee other than the one receiving the most support is nominated, the Secretariat must report the questionnaire results as well as the rationale for their nomination.
(SMB Decision 153/3)

SMB/CAG proposal concerning Non-Participating TC or SC P-Members

The SMB decided that before each TC/SC meeting, the IEC CO should produce a list of participation in the TC/SC concerned with indications of active or inactive participation; other than exceptions agreed during the TC or SC meeting, cases of inactive participation would result in the NC concerned being reclassified from a P-member to an O-member.
(SMB Decision 153/4)


Composition of SGs and ACs

The SMB had previously set up ahG 57 to review the composition of Strategic Groups and Advisory Committees as the current composition was often not in conformance with their terms of reference. The SMB noted the report from ahG 57 and formally approved the recommendations. Future SGs and ACs will have their composition in line with these recommendations, notably:
- For ACs an objective of a maximum of 1/3 of experts appointed by the SMB
- For experts appointed by the SMB, a statement of motivation from the expert shall accompany the nomination together with a recommendation from the Convenor
- For SGs there is no absolute limitation on the number of members, though the SG should remain small enough to operate efficiently
- There is no provision for alternates or internal liaisons. A member unable to participate in a meeting may propose a replacement and the Chair may invite guests, as needed.
(SMB Decision 153/13)


New Advisory Committee on Applications of Robotic Technology, including electrotechnology

The SMB agreed to set up a new Advisory Committee, ACART, Advisory Committee on Applications of Robotic Technology, including electrotechnology. The lifetime of this AC is anticipated to be up to two years with annual reports to the SMB. The membership should include representatives from IEC TCs dealing with robot technologies (including TCs 44, 59, 61, 62, 65) as well as from ISO (ISO/TC 184/SC 2). The task of ACART includes:
- Coordinating common aspects of robotic technology such as vocabulary and symbols.
- Preparing a guideline that outlines the critical aspects (as described in the report) of preparing a standard for products that incorporate robotic technology.
- Promoting collaboration between IEC and ISO as it relates to robotic technologies.
- Resolving current overlaps and developing a process to prevent future overlaps, both within the IEC and between IEC and ISO.
- Strong collaboration with the IEC CAB
(SMB Decision 153/8)


New Strategic Group on Communication Technologies

Further to recommendations from ahG 55, the SMB approved the setting up of a new Strategic Group, SG 9, Communication Technologies, with the following scope:
- Protocols (example TCP/IP) and applications (example Email)
- Physical layer (example fibre optic) - Use cases from the TCs (example smart metering)
- Architectures and Networks (example ISO OSI Layer and Cellular Network)
- Technologies (example Bluetooth) - Trends (example Migration to IPv6)
- Requirements (example Bandwidth, Latency)
- Security (example Network Admission Control)
- Regulatory aspects (example Spectrum Regulation)
and with the list of deliverables given in SMB/5575/R. Mr Rudolf Brandner (DE) is appointed as Convenor. A call for membership to this group will be made shortly.
(SMB Decision 153/11)


New Strategic Group on Wearable Smart Devices

The SMB agreed to set up a Strategic Group, SG 10, Wearable Smart Devices (WSD), with the following scope:
- Terminology and agreed understanding of WSD
- Market needs
- Inventory of activities within IEC
- Inventory of activities outside IEC
- Priorities of work
- Coordination of activities within IEC

JP and KR will propose Co-Convenors. Normally, TC representatives are excluded from participating in Strategic Groups, however, the SMB decided to make an exception for this area allowing some TC representatives to participate. The initial membership will include representatives from TCs 47, 62, 77, 100, 106, 108, 110, 111, 119, and CISPR. A formal call for membership will be made shortly.
(SMB Decision 153/12)


TC/SC Matters

TC 10 Fluids for electrotechnical applications

The IEC has received over the last two years two legal challenges to publications prepared by TC 10 and SMB invited the officers of TC 10 to present the situation to the SMB. Discussions took place informally between the SMB management and the TC 10 officers and it is believed that a solution to the general problem has been found and will be presented to TC 10 at its meeting in November 2015. The SMB thanked Bruce Pahlavanpour, Chair TC 10, for his presentation and in response to the issues raised, reminded TC 10 that:

- SMB has the role of protecting the interests of the IEC as a whole and the responsibility of taking appropriate measures;
- No response was made by SMB to TC 10/MT 21 as it is up to TC 10 to respond to requests from a WG/MT;
- TC 10 has been given free licence to make proposals on a suitable solution to the problem. There are a number of ways to resolve the issues, including possible requirements on, for example, labelling the provenance of products, but it is up to TC 10 to decide which is most appropriate.
TC 10 is again reminded to approach standardization efforts on a performance basis instead of a design specific basis.

(SMB Decisions 153/15)


JCGM 100:201X (ISO/IEC Guide 98-3 and JCGM 110:201X (ISO/IEC Guide 98-5)

After a discussion of the concerns raised by the SMB membership and the broader IEC constituency, the SMB rejected the publication of the Guide and ask that the JCGM cancel the revised edition taking into account the comments received. The SMB also asked the ISO/TMB to concur with this decision.

(SMB Decisions 152/22)


TC/SC Reports

The SMB approved 46 TC/SC reports, including SBPs by correspondence before the SMB meeting. The SMB continues to monitor the timing of submission of the TCs/SCs reporting to SMB, to ensure that the reports are received within 3 months of the TC/SC meeting.

(SMB Decisions 153/2)


Projects for which extensions of target dates had been reviewed

The SMB approved extensions of target dates and project plans for projects, including those with more than 4 months delay, CDVs that require longer than 24 months to be available and requests for extensions in the TC/SC reports.

(SMB Decisions 153/27, 153/28 and 153/29)


Presentations given to SMB meeting 153

Presentation from ACEE

Ralph Sporer, Chair of ACEE gave a presentation on the work of ACEE. The SMB encouraged ACEE to continue its work on the two planned guides and invited it to ensure they were published by late 2017 or early 2018. The SMB invited IEC CO to communicate with ISO to see if there is any interest in publishing joint guides.

(SMB Decisions 153/9)

Presentation from ACOS

Philippe Juhel, Chair of ACOS gave a presentation on the activities of ACOS.
The SMB noted that in the comments given in SMB/5602/INF it would appear that the work of ACOS is insufficiently known by TC/SCs. ACOS, with the help of IEC CO, is asked to look at methods of improving communications, for example by publication of a newsletter.

(SMB Decisions 153/10)

Presentation from TC 70

Matteo Gavazzeni, Chair TC 70, gave a presentation on the work of TC 70. The SMB noted the important role played by IEC 60529 as a horizontal standard for nearly all IEC product standards.

(SMB Decisions 153/16)

Presentation from JTC 1

Karen Higginbottom, Chair JTC 1, gave a presentation explaining the work of JTC 1, the voting process and its perspective on the Directives. IEC looks forward to continued collaboration with our JTC 1 colleagues.
(SMB Decisions 153/17)

Next SMB Meetings

Dates and places for 2015

2015-10-10 – Saturday CAG meeting (Minsk, Belarus)

2015-10-12 – Monday (Minsk, Belarus - General Meeting)

Proposed dates and places for 2016

2016-02-22 – Monday CAG meeting (Geneva)

2016-02-23 – Tuesday (Geneva)

2016-06-13 – Monday CAG meeting (Geneva)

2016-06-14 – Tuesday (Geneva)

2016-10-10 – Monday (Frankfurt - General Meeting)

Proposed dates and places for 2017

2017-02-13 – Monday CAG meeting (Geneva)

2017-02-14 – Tuesday (Geneva)

2017-06-11 – Sunday CAG meeting (Geneva)
2017-06-12 – Monday (Geneva)

2016-10-09 – Monday (Vladivostok, Russia - General Meeting