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IEC 2022 General Meeting in San Francisco



The IEC General Meeting, hosted annually by a different IEC member nation, brings together international stakeholders for discussion of current issues and future directions and strategies for the IEC. The General Meeting has a unique format, combining management and technical meetings, and bringing all the key players together on one stage.

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Why the United States is Hosting IEC 2022

  • To demonstrate U.S. leadership in the electrotechnical sector.
  • To raise the level of understanding within U.S. industry and governmental agencies of the importance of IEC standards and conformity assessment activities.
  • To afford an opportunity for U.S. participants to reduce travel costs by having the IEC General Meeting and its related management and technical meetings within the U.S. as opposed to requiring international travel to other locations.
  • To help the U.S. electrotechnical industry compete in the global marketplace through participation and use of an open, balanced, and transparent standards development process.
  • To demonstrate the USNC’s leadership position in the management structure of the IEC at all levels.
  • To demonstrate to the world market that the IEC international standardization activities are significant components of U.S. electrotechnical standardization activities.
  • To create opportunities for U.S. businesses to participate in establishing industry standards that lead to greater global market access.

History of IEC General Meetings

 Founded in 1906 with British Scientist, Lord Kelvin, as its first president, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has a long history of service to the electrotechnical market.

 The IEC is the leading global organization that prepares and publishes international standards for electrical, electronic and related technologies. These serve as a basis for national standardization and as references when drafting international tenders and contracts.

 Through its national committee members and affiliate countries - including the world’s major trading nations and a growing number of newly industrialized countries - the IEC promotes global cooperation on questions of electrotechnical standardization and related matters; including, assessment of conformity to standards, in the fields of electricity, electronics and related technologies.

 IEC’s international standards remove technical barriers to trade, thus leading to new markets and economic growth. Its work embraces all electrotechnologies, their energy production and distribution, as well as associated general disciplines (e.g., terminology and symbols, electromagnetic compatibility, measurement and performance, dependability, design and development, safety, and the environment).

 Since 1904, the IEC General Meetings have been held in different countries throughout the world. In the past, the General Meeting has been held in: Cape Town, South Africa (2005), Seoul, South Korea (2004), Montreal, Canada (2003), Beijing, China (2002), Firenze, Italy (2001), Stockholm, Sweden (2000), Kyoto, Japan (1999), Houston, Texas, United States (1998), New Delhi, India (1997), Dresden, Germany (1996) and Durban, South Africa (1995).

 The last two IEC General Meetings held in the U.S. were in Houston, Texas (1998) and in Seattle, Washington (2010). Both meetings were very successful, and it was especially recognized that the IEC General Meeting in Seattle set a new record for attendance at an IEC General Meeting.