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New IEC Environmental Standard Development Underway

New York, Feb 16, 2005

The widespread use of electrotechnical products has drawn increased attention to their impact on the environment all over the world. As a result, many countries have adapted regulations affecting wastes, substances, and energy use of electrotechnical products.

The newest Technical Committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission – IEC TC 111 on Environmental standardization for electrical and electronic products and systems – has approved its first two proposals for new work items:

  • Procedures for the Determination of Levels of Regulated Substances in Electrotechnical Products, and
  • Environmental Conscious Design for Electrical and Electronic Products and Systems

The purpose of this proposed TC 111 work is to provide a set of consistent, globally agreed upon test procedures that will allow the electrotechnical industry to determine and demonstrate the levels of regulated substances in electrotechnical products. The preliminary scope of the TC includes assisting IEC product committees in the elaboration of environmental requirements of product standards to avoid different technical approaches and solutions taken for the same problem. The group will also liaise with TC 207 of the International Organization for Standardization on Environmental Management.

The first meeting of TC 111 will be held in Italy in March 2005, when the committee will decide how to proceed based on existing work. As proposed, the first committee drafts of the standards are scheduled for June 2005. The target publication date for the first standard is April 2006, and October 2008 for the second standard.

The U.S. Technical Advisory Committee for IEC TC 111 is now developing the U.S. position and selecting experts for the new work items. For information or to become involved, please contact the Administrator of the U.S. Technical Advisory Committee, Mr. Ric Erdheim (

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