ANSI - American National Standards Institute

Organization Structure
of the US National Committee of the IEC

ANSI Membership Board of Directors USNC Membership International Policy Committee USNC Council USNC Secretariat Conformity Assessment Policy Coordination Committee USNC Technical Management Committee US Administered IEC Secretariats and IEC chairs

USNC/IEC Structure and Management

 ANSI Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is comprised of approximately 40 representatives of the ANSI membership and is responsible for governance oversight of the issues, properties and affairs of the Institute.

 ANSI International Policy Committee

The IPC is responsible for broad-based policy and position decisions on international and regional standards, public policy and related issues that are not exclusively related to either ISO or IEC.

USNC Membership

The broad-based USNC/IEC constituency currently includes nearly 1,400 representatives of academia, consumers, government agencies, manufacturers, professional societies, retailers, testing organizations and trade associations.

Premier Members

The USNC serves as the U.S. point of contact for industry, government, consumers, academia and others affected by standardization and compliance programs that impact the electrotechnical industry. As a USNC Premier Member, organizations, companies, government agencies and other entities are able to take full advantage of the variety of benefits the USNC offers, including:

  • Participation in the USNC/IEC governance structure;
  • Voting rights on specific USNC/IEC policy issues;
  • Participation in USNC/IEC strategic planning activities;
  • Ability to nominate candidates for USNC Officer positions, as well as membership on the USNC Council, Technical Management Committee and Conformity Assessment Policy Coordinating Committee;
  • Unlimited membership in over 165 USNC Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) for employees without having to pay Individual TAG Participation Fees (value=$310 per person, per TAG);
  • Brand visibility and logo placement for your organization on USNC communication outlets…

Organizational Structure

 The USNC is subject to the oversight of the ANSI Board of Directors.

Responsibilities within the USNC/IEC are clearly delineated for both technical and policy activities.

Technical Position Development

U.S. positions on technical – and certain policy – issues under consideration within the IEC technical committee structure are developed by USNC-approved Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs). TAGs also nominate the experts who will represent the United States in technical committee discussions at IEC meetings.

A directory of USNC-approved U.S. Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs), will be available soon.

Oversight of USNC/IEC TAGs technical committees is the responsibility of the Technical Management Committee. The TMC also develops U.S. participation in technical activities and also represents the interests of the U.S at the IEC Standardization Management Board (SMB).

Policy Position Development and Governance

The responsibilities of the USNC/IEC Council include coordination of U.S. involvement in the IEC and other electrotechnical bodies associated with the IEC, its Council Board, and oversight of its standing committees. It develops annual plans to achieve the USNC strategic objectives, implements these plans, measures successes, and reports progress to the USNC constituency.

The USNC Council coordinates with appropriate ANSI policy committees, standards boards and planning panels, and the ANSI Regional Standing Committees to promote consistency between those international and national activities that fall within the scope of the IEC.

Regional activities in which the USNC/IEC is involved include:



Europe European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC)
Asia-Pacific Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC)
Americas Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT)
Western Hemisphere Council for Harmonization of Electrotechnical Standardization of the Nations of the Americas (CANENA)
Americas Forum of the IEC National Committees of the Americas (FINCA)

US Conformity Assessment Systems

 An Introduction to IEC Conformity Assessment Systems in the United States

USNC/IEC Council

The USNC IEC Council coordinates the U.S. involvement in the IEC and other electrotechnical bodies associated with the IEC. The main focus of the Council is to manage policy and strategic issues and to improve the overall effectiveness of the USNC’s interface with the IEC. It also coordinates USNC activities with appropriate standards boards to promote consistency between those international and national activities that fall within the scope of the IEC.

The Council interfaces, via the USNC President, with the IEC Council and Council Board (CB). The current representation of Council represents industry, trade associations, standards developing organizations, professional engineering societies, and government agencies. The USNC President is the chair of this committee and it meets three times each year.

Responsibilities of the Council:

  • Represent and coordinate U.S. involvement in the IEC and other electrotechnical bodies associated with the IEC on behalf of the Institute;
  • Recommend to the Finance Committee and Board of Directors an annual budget to cover IEC activities;
  • Manage programs and adjudicate disputes arising from authorized USNC activities;
  • Coordinate USNC activities with appropriate standards boards to promote consistency between those international and national activities that fall within the scope of the IEC;
  • Report annually to the Board of Directors on United States participation in IEC activities and coordinating with the International Committee on issues affecting United States interests on more than one international forum;

The USNC Council has also established Standing Committees that mirror the terms of reference of the IEC Advisory Committees:


Chair: Steve Rood, Legrand North America


Chair: Kevin J. Lippert, Eaton Corporation

USNC Rules of Procedure Committee

Chair: TBD

Conformity Assessment Policy Coordination Committee (CAPCC)

Chair: Timothy Duffy, Rockwell Automation

Communications Committee

Chair: Elaina Finger, Corning Incorporated

USNC Technical Management Committee

The main focus of the USNC Technical Management Committee (TMC) is to manage the technical work of the USNC and to represent the interests of the U.S at the Standardization Management Board (SMB) level in IEC. The Committee currently has 19 members, is chaired by the USNC Vice President – Technical and meets 3 times each year just prior to the meeting of IEC/SMB.

Responsibilities of the TMC:

  • Develop U.S. positions in preparation for meetings of the IEC/SMB
  • Appoint and oversee the designation of Technical Advisors, Deputy Technical Advisors, and TAG Administrators
  • Approve the designation of U.S. Secretariats to IEC Committees
  • Authorize invitations to host IEC Technical Committee (TC) and Subcommittee (SC) meetings in the U.S.
  • Interface with regional/international bodies on technical issues

The TMC has established Coordinating Committees that mirror the terms of reference of the IEC Advisory Committees:

IEC Advisory Committee

USNC Coordinating Committee

ACOS (safety) USSCC-U.S. Safety Coordinating Committee
Chair:  Mark W. Earley, NFPA
ACEA (environmental aspects) USCCENV-USNC/IEC Coordinating Committee on Natural Environmental Aspects
Chair: Vacant
ACEC (electromagnetic compatibility) USCCEMC-U.S. Coordinating Committee on Electromagnetic Compatibility
Chair:  Donald N. Heirman, Don HEIRMAN Consultants
ACEE (energy efficiency) USSCC-U.S. Coordinating Committee on Energy Efficiency
Chair:  Vacant
ACSEC (security) USCCENV-USNC/IEC Coordinating Committee on Security
Chair: Brian Fitzgerald, FDA

USNC-Approved U.S. Technical Advisory Groups

The USNC operates on the basis of Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs), one for each IEC Technical Committee or Subcommittee on which the USNC is a “Participating” (“P”) Member.

A TAG consists of all U. S. national interested parties (companies, organizations, government agencies, etc.) directly and materially affected by the work of the TC/SC. The process for developing USNC positions shall provide an opportunity for fair and equitable participation without dominance by any single interest. The participation shall be open to all U.S. National Interested Parties who are directly and materially affected by the activity in question.

The TAG must have an Administrator that provides administrative support to the group, a Technical Advisor (TA) who usually serves as TAG Chairman, and members. The TA is the primary technical point of contact for the TAG.

TAGs are established under the following general criteria:

  • There shall be NO undue financial barriers to participation.
  • Participation shall not be conditional upon membership in any organization nor unreasonably restricted on the basis of technical qualifications or other such requirements.
  • Guidelines for determining a U.S. voting position
  • Criteria for approval of U.S. positions on International Standards activities