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United States National Committee
(USNC) of the IEC

Introduction

The U.S National Committee (USNC) of the International Electrotechnical Commission (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 electrotechnical industry. The USNC is also engaged in the assessment of conformance to standards, undertaking work in areas such as testing, certification, and accreditation.

As the U.S. representative to the IEC and many related regional standardization bodies, the USNC serves as a conduit to the global standards-setting community for technical and policy positions arising in the U.S. In this capacity, the USNC brings issues from the global arena to the U.S. for review, consideration, and response. In the IEC the USNC operates via Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs), comprising volunteer experts working collaboratively to develop U.S. positions on technical issues under consideration within IEC technical committees.

The USNC is a totally integrated committee of ANSI. ANSI provides administrative support to the USNC and its more than 4,000 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.

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Structure & Governance

This organizational chart illustrates the organizational structure of the USNC, with its own membership and governance and oversight committees, and their relationship to ANSI membership and governance and advisory groups. Click on each for more information.

The USNC 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.

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.

Key Responsibilities

  • Representing and coordinating the United States involvement in the IEC and other electrotechnical bodies associated with the IEC concerning IEC standardization and conformity-assessment issues on behalf of ANSI
  • Recommending to the ANSI Finance Committee and ANSI Executive Committee an annual budget to cover IEC-related activities
  • Managing programs and adjudicating disputes arising from authorized USNC activities
  • Promoting consistency between international and national activities that fall within the scope of the IEC
  • Reporting annually to the Board on United States participation in IEC activities and coordinating with the International Policy Advisory Group 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
  • Oversight of the USNC Technical Management Committee and the USNC Conformity Assessment Policy Coordination Committee

The USNC Council has established and oversees the following USNC Standing Committees:

  • Finance
  • Nominations
  • Communications
  • Rules and Procedures
  • Young and Emerging Professionals
  • 2022 IEC General Meeting Planning

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 is chaired by the USNC Vice President – Technical, and meets 3 times each year prior to the meeting of IEC/SMB. The TMC reports to the USNC Council.

Key Responsibilities

  • Developing U.S. position in preparation for meetings of the IEC/SMB
  • Oversight of all USNC Technical Advisory Groups, including the designation of Technical Advisors, Deputy Technical Advisors, and TAG Administrators
  • Approving the designation of U.S. Secretariats to IEC Committees
  • Authorizing invitations to host IEC Technical Committee (TC) and Subcommittee (SC) meetings in the U.S.

The USNC Conformity Assessment Policy Coordination Committee (CAPCC) coordinates USNC positions on electrotechnical conformity assessment (CA) matters and representing the interests of the U.S. in the IEC. The committee is chaired by the USNC Vice President – Conformity Assessment, who is also the U.S. representative on the IEC Conformity Assessment Board (IEC CAB). The CAPCC meets 3 times each year at the USNC Management Meetings. The CAPCC reports to the USNC Council.

Mirror Committees

The USNC has four mirror committees for each IEC Conformity Assessment System. These USNC CA Systems report directly to the CAPCC and develop and coordinate U.S. positions on relevant CA matters.

  • USNC/IEC Conformity Assessment for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components (IECEE)
  • USNC/IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres (IECEx)
  • USNC/IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components (IECQ)
  • USNC/IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Renewable Energy Applications (IECRE)

USNC Leadership

President:

Kevin Lippert, Eaton Corporation

Vice-President – Finance:

Steven Rood, Legrand North America

Vice-President – Technical:

Sonya Bird, UL

Vice-President - Conformity Assessment:

Joan Sterling, Intertek

General Secretary:

Tony Zertuche, ANSI

Staff Contacts

Tony Zertuche

Director, International Policy, and General Secretary, USNC/IEC

Phone:
212.642.4892

Fax:
212.840.2298

Email:
tzertuche@ansi.org

Adelana Gladstein

Program Manager

Phone:
212.642.4965

Email:
agladstein@ansi.org

Chynna Anuszewski

Program Administrator

Phone:
212.642.8927

Email:
canuszewski@ansi.org

Megan Pahl

Program Administrator

Phone:
212.642.8907

Email:
mpahl@ansi.org

Debra Negron-Badillo

USNC/IEC Meetings Coordinator

Phone:
212.642.4936

Email:
dnegron@ansi.org

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