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International Electrotechnical Commission

logo What is IEC?
The IEC ( International Electrotechnical Commission ) , founded in 1906 , is the worldwide organization for Standardization in the field of electrical and electronics and preparing the Technical Standards that are adopted in most industrialized countries ( about 60 acceding countries) .

International cooperations

For the standardization process in international IEC goes hand in hand with other agencies:

  • ISO - International Organization for Standardization
  • ITU - International Telecommunication Union

and collaborates with the following international organizations :

  • WHO/OMS - World Health Organization/Organizzazione Mondiale della Sanità
  • ILO - International Labour Organization
  • IECEE - IEC System for Conformity testing and Certification of Electrotechnical Equipment and Components
  • IECEx - International Electrotechnical Commission Scheme for certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for use in Explosive Atmosphere
  • OIML - International Organisation of Legal Metrology

Principal partners

One of the main partners of the IEC is :

  • WTO - World Trade Organization

Together , IEC and WTO play a vital role in the development of international trade , for the advancement of safety, health improvement and environmental protection worldwide .


IEC plays an important activity of cohesion among the major standards organizations operating in the macro world, such as :

IEC collaborates in Europe , for example , with:

  • CENELEC - European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization
  • ETSI - European Telecommunications Standards Institute

IEC collaborates in the world, for example, with:

  • CANENA - Council for Harmonization of Electrotechnical Standardization of North America
  • COPANT - Commission Panaméricaine de Normalisation
  • PASC - Pacific Area Standards Congress
  • IRAM - Instituto Argentino de Normalizacion
  • IRS - Institutul Român de Standardizare
  • SUTN - Slovak Institute for Standardization
  • SIRA - Conformity Assessment Solutions Field
  • SARM - National institute of standard (Armenia)
  • BAS - Institut for standardization of Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • ISRM - Standardization Insitute of the Republic of Macedonia
  • EASC - EuroAsian Interstate Council
  • SM - Standard Malaysia
  • KOLAS - Korea Laboratory Accreditation Scheme
  • INTECO - Instituto de Normas Técnicas de Costa Rica
  • IFAN - International Federation of Standards Users
  • DKD - Deutscher Kalibrierdienst
  • IBNORCA - Instituto Boliviano de Normalizacion y Calidad

IEC collaborates in Italy, for example, with:

  • CESI - Centro Elettrotecnico Sperimentale Italiano


Global Standardization

The rules are written by the IEC documents with detailed specifications , by agreement among the world countries , such as guides for the realization of products , choice of materials , processes or services internationally in electrical engineering with common goal of improving the quality of life .

The IEC , written in English and French , anticipating the CEI , which generally are the translation in Italian with some modifications.

IEC members

National Committees involved in the work of IEC:

  • Arabia Saudita - SASO
    Saudi Arabian Standards Org.
  • Australia - SAA
    Standard Association of Australia
  • Austria - ÖVE
    Österreichischer Verband für Elektrotechnik
  • Belgio - CEBEC
    Comité Electrotecnique Belge
  • Bielorussia -
    Belarus National Committee of the IEC
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina - BAKE
    IEC National Committee of Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Brasile - ABNT
    Brazilian National Committee of the IEC
  • Bulgaria - CSM
    Committee for Standardization and Metrology
  • Canada - SCC
    Standards Council of Canada
  • Ceca, Rep. - CSNI
    Czech Standards Institute
  • Cina - CSBTS
    China State Bureau of Technical Supervision
    Chinese National Committee of the IEC
  • Cipro - CYS
    Cyprus Organization for Standards & Control of Quality
  • Colombia - ICONTEC
    Instituto Colombiano de Normas Técnicas y Certificacion
  • Corea del Sud - KNITQ
    Korean National Committee of IEC
  • Croazia - DZNM
    State Office for Standardization and Metrology
  • Cuba - NC
    Cuban National Bureau of Standards
    Oficina Nacional de Normalización
  • Danimarca - DS
    Danish Standards Association
  • Egitto -
    The Egyptian National Committee
  • Estonia - EEK
    Estonian Electrotechnical Committee for Standardization
  • Filippine, Rep. - BPS
    Bureau of Product Standards
  • Finlandia - SESKO
    Finnish Electrotechnical Standards Association
  • Francia - UTE
    Union Technique de l'Electricité
  • Germania - DKE
    Deutsche Elektrotechnische Kommission im DIN und VDE
  • Giappone - JISC
    Japanese Industrial Standards Committee
  • Gran Bretagna - BEC
    British Electrotechnical Committee
  • Grecia - ELOT
    Hellenic Organization for Standardization
  • Kenya - KEBS
    Kenya Bureau of Standards
  • India - BIS
    Bureau of Indian Standards
  • Indonesia - BSN
    Badan Standardisasi Nasional (Giacarta)
  • Irlanda - NSAI
    National Standards Authority of Ireland
  • Islanda - STRI
    Icelandic Council for Standardization
  • Israele - SII
    The Standards Institution of Israel
  • Italia - CEI
    Comitato Elettrotecnico Italiano
  • Iugoslavia - SZS
    Savezni Zavod za Standardizaciju
    Federal Institution for Standardization
  • Lituania - LST
    Lithuanian Standards Board
  • Lussemburgo - SEE
    Service de l'Energie de l'Etat
  • Malesia - DSM - SIRIM
    Malaysian National Committee of the IEC
    Dept. of Standards Malaysia
  • Messico - CEM
    Direccion General de Normas
    Direcc. de Asuntos Internacionales
  • Norvegia - NEK
    Norsk Elektroteknisk Komite
  • Nuova Zelanda - SNZ
    New Zealand Electrotechnical Committee
  • Olanda - NNI
    Nederlands Normalisatie-Instituut
  • Pakistan - EDC - PSQCA
    Pakistan Standards Institution
  • Polonia - PKN
    Polish Committee for Standardization
  • Portogallo - IPQ
    Instituto Português da Qualidade
    Portuguese Institute for Quality
  • Romania - CER
    Comitetul Electrotehnic Român
  • Romania - ASRO
    Asociatia de Standardizare din România
  • Russia - GOST
    Committee of the Russian Federation for Standardization, Metrology and Certification
  • Singapore - PSB
    Singapore Productivity and Standards Board
  • Slovacchia - UNMS
    Slovensky Elektrotechnicky Vybor c/o
    Slovak Office of Standards, Metrology and Testing
  • Slovenia - SMIS
    Standards and Metrology Institute of the Repubblic of Slovenia
  • Spagna - AENOR
    Asociación Española de Normalización y Certificación
  • Stati Uniti d'America - ANSI
    American National Standards Institute
  • Sudafrica - SABS
    South African Bureau of Standards
  • Svezia - SEK
    Svenska Elektriska Kommissionen
    Swedish Electrotechnical Commission
  • Svizzera - CES
    Swiss Electrotechnical Committee
  • Thaliandia - TISI
    Thai Industrial Stand. Institute
  • Turchia - TSE
    Türk Standardlari Enstitüsü
    Turkish Standards Institution
  • Ucraina - DSTU
    State Committee of Ukraine for Standardization, Metrology & Certification
  • Ungheria - MSZT
    Magyar Szabványügyi Testület
    Hungarian Standards Institution
  • Uruguay - UNIT
    Instituto Uruguayo de Normas Tecnicas

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