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New USNC Brochures Highlight the Importance of Participation in IEC Standardization Activities

The U.S. National Committee (USNC) to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), a totally integrated committee of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has published two new brochures providing information about the important benefits associated with involvement in IEC-related standards and conformance work.

The first brochure, Why IEC Standards Work Is Important to My Company, features first-hand testimony from business leaders at General Electric, Corning Incorporated, Rockwell Automation, and Eaton Corporation regarding the significant advantages that come from taking an active role in the IEC standards development process. The USNC is the United States' official IEC representative and participates in about 90% of the IEC's more than 175 Technical Committees (TCs) and Subcommittees (SCs). The committee provides essential input on electrotechnology standards that affect everything from mature technologies like lighting to newer areas such as wave technology and Smart Grid systems.

The second brochure, An Introduction to IEC Conformity Assessment Systems in the United States, provides an informative overview of the IEC's system of conformity assessment schemes for electrotechnical equipment and components, and how the USNC interacts with each. These programs include:

  • IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components (IECEE)
  • IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres (IECEx)
  • IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components (IECQ)

The USNC maintains focused standing committees to each IEC conformity assessment group, allowing for the effective development of U.S. viewpoints and comments on all matters pertaining to IECEE, IECEx, and IECQ. These conformity assessment standing committees give relevant stakeholders the opportunity to make their voices heard in these essential areas.

For more information about the USNC and its standards and conformance activities, please visit or contact Charlie Zegers, general secretary of the USNC ([email protected]).


Jana Zabinski

Senior Director, Communications & Public Relations


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Beth Goodbaum

Journalist/Communications Specialist


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