In 1904, leading scientists and pioneering industrialists from around the globe came together at the Coliseum Music Hall in St. Louis, Missouri, to discuss the need for cooperation leading to the standardization of electrical apparatus and machinery. This pivotal meeting ultimately led to the establishment of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in 1906.
One year later, U.S. interests rallied to form a National Committee to oversee the country’s participation in IEC activities. Thus, in 1907 the U.S. National Committee (USNC) to the IEC was formed.
Today, the IEC promotes international cooperation on all questions of standardizations and the verification of conformity to standards in the fields of electricity, electronic and related technologies.