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USNC Current Newsletter Focuses on Stakeholder Involvement and 2018 Industry Symposium


The U.S. National Committee (USNC) of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has published the Fall 2018 edition of its quarterly newsletter, the USNC Current. The issue features managers' insights on stakeholder interest and engagement, and highlights the recent USNC Industry Symposium, which focused on how standards and conformity assessment can help support, safeguard, and improve all aspects of critical infrastructure and cybersecurity.

Issue special features include the folllowing:

- An op-ed by Edward Mikoski, vice president, EIA Standards and Technology, Electronic Components Industry Association, breaks down the process of identifying stakeholders, their interests, and their impact in standardization development and the IEC.

- The Eight Keys to Standards Stakeholder Success by Florence Otieno, U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to the IEC Systems Committee - Smart Cities Lead, provides tried and tested stakeholder management tips, in addition to other editorials from managers at the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).

The issue provides a recap of the successful USNC-hosted Industry Symposium, held in Washington, DC, with over 60 participants representing 30 organizations. The event focused on international standards and how they can reinforce the cybersecurity aspects of critical infrastructure as it relates to the Internet of Things (IoT), digital transformation, smart infrastructure (manufacturing, factories, etc.), and smart cities.

Also, read about the Young Emerging Professionals Experience and plans for the USNC-hosted IEC 2022 General Meeting in San Francisco.

Access the USNC Current- Fall 2018 Edition.

If you are interested in contributing to the next publication of the USNC Current, focused on Regional Partnerships, please contact Kristen Palma, program administrator, USNC/IEC, via email at [email protected].

About the USNC

A committee of ANSI, the USNC serves as the focal point for U.S. parties who are interested in the development, promulgation, and use of globally relevant standards for the electrotechnical industry. The Committee is also engaged in the assessment of conformance to standards, undertaking work in areas such as testing, certification, and accreditation.

As the U.S. representative to the IEC and many related regional standardization bodies, the USNC is a conduit to the global standards-setting community for technical and policy positions arising in the U.S. and brings issues from the global arena to the U.S. for review, consideration, and response. Strong U.S. participation in the IEC is critical to national competitiveness and the continued growth and innovation in U.S. electrotechnical industries.


Jana Zabinski

Senior Director, Communications & Public Relations


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Beth Goodbaum

Journalist/Communications Specialist


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