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Purpose of the USNC


Section 5.02.6. United States National Committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission. The responsibility of the Institute for United States representation in the International Electrotechnical Commission ("IEC") and other electrotechnical bodies associated with the IEC has been delegated by the Board of Directors to the United States National Committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission ("USNC"). This responsibility shall be exclusively exercised by the USNC Council subject to the oversight of the Executive Committee or Board of Directors of the Institute. The USNC Council shall be composed of the officers of the USNC and other members of the USNC duly elected from the USNC by its entire membership and consented to by the ANSI Executive Committee. Appeal of actions taken within the USNC shall be in accordance with the appeals procedure of the USNC. Such appeals shall be subject to further appeal to the ANSI Appeals Board. The responsibilities of the USNC Council shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Representing and coordinating the United States involvement in the IEC and other electrotechnical bodies associated with the IEC on behalf of the Institute;
  • Recommending to the Finance Committee and the Board of Directors an annual budget to cover IEC activities;
  • Managing programs and adjudicating disputes arising from authorized USNC activities;
  • Coordinating USNC activities with appropriate standards boards to promote consistency between those international and national activities that fall within the scope of the IEC
  • Reporting 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 in more than one international forum
  • Establishing, as appropriate, Technical Advisory Groups to cover United States participation in IEC activities; and
  • Recommending to the Nominating Committee of the Board of Directors candidates for membership on the Board from the United States National Committee who meet the requirements set forth in Section 3.04

The USNC shall not be dissolved without the consent of the USNC.

Object of IEC

The object of the Commission is to promote international co-operation on all questions of standardization and related matters, such as the verification of conformity to standards, in the fields of electricity, electronics and related technologies, and thus to promote international understanding. This object, inter alia, is achieved by issuing publications, including international standards. (Article 2 of Statutes)

from the ANSI Constitution & Bylaws