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United States National Committee of International Electrotechnical Commission (USNC/IEC)

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USNC/IEC Overview

The U.S. National Committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission (USNC/IEC) serves as the focal point for U.S. parties who are interested in the development, promulgation and use of globally-relevant standards for the electotechnical 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 United States’ representative to the IEC and many related regional standardization bodies, the USNC/IEC serves as 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.

The USNC/IEC is a totally integrated committee of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The Institute provides administrative support to the USNC and its over 2,000 U.S. managerial, engineering, scientific and professional participants. ANSI also provides the fiduciary framework by which the USNC’s financial obligations are met, including the payment of annual dues to the IEC.

Mission

The USNC mission is to provide strategy to effectively participate in the development of IEC standards to facilitate international trade for the benefit of the U.S. industry in the fields of all electrotechnologies*, and to provide a framework to the U.S. industry which serves as the focal point, conduit and advocate for U.S. interests in international and regional electrotechnical standards, conformity assessment, and other related matters.

*The IEC charter embraces all electrotechnolgies including electronics, magnetics and electromagnetics, electroacoustics, multimedia, telecommunication, and energy production and distribution, as well as associated disciplines such as terminology and symbols, electromagnetic compatibility, measurement and performance, dependability, design and development, safety and the environment.

For the purpose of the USNC/IEC as defined by the ANSI Constitution and Bylaws, please click here (2015 edition – see Section 7.07 (page 15) and Section 7.14 (page 17)).

 Brief history of the USNC/IEC

Membership and Officers

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

Organizations interested in participation in the USNC technical or policy activities described below are invited to contact the USNC/IEC General Secretary

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.

The USNC participates in almost the entire technical program of the IEC, and administers many key committees and subgroups

Policy Position Development and Governance

Responsibility for management of policy and strategic issues of the USNC/IEC lies with the USNC/IEC Council, a group that also works to improve the overall effectiveness of the U.S. interface with IEC, its national committees, and the related regional standardization bodies.


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USNC/IEC Officers

President

John Thompson, Underwriters Laboratories

Vice-President - Technical

Sonya Bird, UL

Vice-President – Finance

Steven Rood, Legrand North America

Vice-President - Electrotechnical Conformity Assessment

Timothy Duffy. Rockwell Automation

Past-President

Philip M. Piqueira, Underwriters Laboratories

General Secretary

Tony Zertuche, American National Standards Institute
tel: 212.642.4892
e-mail: tzertuche@ansi.org

Organizational Structure

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 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:

Region

Organization

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)

Strategic Goals and Objectives

The USNC’sstrategic objectives may be revised from time to time to reflect changing business factors and revisions to the United States National Standards Strategy

Meeting Calendar

 Schedule of upcoming meetings

NOTE: Please enter either “USNC” or “IEC” in the Key Word search field in the ANSI Online calendar of events.

Further Resources

 USNC/IEC Document Library (Tool Box)

Membership in USNC

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Staff Contacts

USNC/IEC Management Team:

Tony Zertuche
Director, International Policy, and General Secretary, USNC/IEC
American National Standards Institute
25 West 43 Street, Fourth Floor, New York, NY 10036
Tel: 1.212.642.4892
Fax: 1.212.840.2298
tzertuche@ansi.org
Debra Negron-Badillo
USNC /IEC Meetings Coordinator
American National Standards Institute
25 West 43rd Street, Fourth Floor, New York, NY 10036
Tel: 1.212.642.4936
dnegron@ansi.org
Jiin Park
Program Administrator
American National Standards Institute
25 West 43rd Street, Fourth Floor, New York, NY 10036
Tel: 1.212.642.4939
Fax: 1.212.840.2298
JGPark@ansi.org
Kendall Szulewski-Francis
Program Administrator
American National Standards Institute
25 West 43rd Street, Fourth Floor, New York, NY 10036
Tel: 212-642-4965
Fax: 1.212.840.2298
ksfrancis@ansi.org

Kristen Palma
Program Administrator
American National Standards Institute
25 West 43rd Street, Fourth Floor, New York, NY 10036
Tel: 1.212.642.4964
Fax: 1.212.840.2298
kpalma@ansi.org
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