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IEC Standardization Management Board Releases 2005-2007 Standardization Strategy


New York, Jul 12, 2005

As the body responsible for the overall management of the technical work of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the IEC Standardization Management Board (SMB) has developed the SMB Standardization Strategy 2005-2007 in alignment with the direction of the IEC Masterplan 2000.

The doucment identifies eight strategic objectives:

  1. Ensure the development of market relevant IEC Standards.
  2. Support the promotion of worldwide acceptance and use of IEC Standards, whenever possible without modifications.
  3. Ensure representation in the IEC structure and processes from all sectors, levels and material interests in the industry.
  4. Provide leadership in the development of IEC Standards for emerging and converging technologies.
  5. Reduce the costs for participation in the standards development process.
  6. Apply the most appropriate deliverables to meet the needs of market sectors and optimize existing resources including increased collaboration with other bodies.
  7. Improve and broaden the System Approach, processes and structure.
  8. Improve operational effectiveness and efficiency of all IEC standardization processes without decreasing the high quality of IEC Standards.

In order to achieve these objectives, the strategy encourages commitment by members of the SMB and by all IEC National Committees to implement SMB decisions and to provide feedback to the SMB secretariat on the appropriateness of SMB actions in support of the strategy.

"The IEC SMB Standardization Strategy is but one of the initiatives put in place by SMB chairman and IEC vice president, Mr. Frank K. Kitzantides, to help transform the IEC Standardization Management Board into a dynamic force that leads, manages and acts as a management body with clear and strategic objectives," says Charles Zegers, general secretary of the U.S. National Committee to the IEC (USNC/IEC). Mr. Kitzantides became SMB chair in January 2004 and formally was USNC vice president - technical.

"The USNC congratulates the IEC SMB on this strategy and intends to do its part in contributing to its aggressive implementation," continues Zegers.

The role of the SMB, as defined in the IEC Statutes, is to approve the establishment, dissolution and scopes of technical committees, monitor the timeliness of standards development and maintenance and maintain liaisons with other international and regional organizations. It also deals with matters of strategic planning, coordination, performance and monitoring of technical committee activities.


View the SMB Standardization Strategy 2005-2007 here.

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