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General Meeting of the International Electrotechnical Commission


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 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 60 national members and 83 affiliate members — including the world’s major trading nations and a growing number of newly industrializing countries — the IEC promotes global cooperation on questions of electrotechnical standardization and related matters, such as the assessment of conformity to standards, in the fields of electricity, electronics and related technologies.

IEC’s international standards facilitate world trade by removing technical barriers to trade, leading to new markets and economic growth. Its work embraces all electrotechnologies including electronics, magnetics and electromagnetics, electroacoustics, multimedia, telecommunication, and energy production and distribution, as well as associated general disciplines such as 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 all over the world. In the past decade the General Meeting has been held in the following cities; Cape Town, South Africa (2005), Seoul, Republic of 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 US were in 1998 in Houston, Texas, and in 2010 in Seattle, Washington. Both meetings were very successful but the one in Seattle broke all records.

The USNC has now advised IEC of its intent to host the IEC General Meeting in the year 2022, with the specific location and dates yet to be determined. A Planning Committee is being established to work out the details.

Why the United States is Planning to Hosting IEC 2022

  • To demonstrate U.S. leadership in the electrotechnical sector markets of the world.
  • 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 provide evidence 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.

Additional Information

Tony Zertuche
Director, International Policy and General Secretary, USNC/IEC
Deputy General Secretary, USNC/IEC
American National Standards Institute - ANSI
25 West 43rd Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Phone: 212.642.4892
Fax: 212.730.1346

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