Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)
The (IEC) produce and publish the Standards from the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), IEC is the world’s leading organization that prepares and publishes International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies .(commonly known as ‘electrotechnology’).
What is an international standard
IEC International Standards reflect the global consensus and distilled wisdom of many thousand technical experts who are delegated by their countries to participate in the IEC. They provide instructions, guidelines, rules or definitions that are then used to design, manufacture, install, test & certify, maintain and repair electrical and electronic devices and systems.
IEC International Standards are essential for quality and risk management; they help researchers understand the value of innovation and allow manufacturers to produce products of consistent quality and performance. IEC International Standards are always used by technical experts; they are always voluntary and based on the international consensus of experts from many countries.
International standards also form the basis for testing and certification.
International standards are also often adopted by countries or regions to become national or regional standards. For example, close to 80% of European electrical and electronic standards are in fact The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) International Standards. On the other side, regulations are rules or directives that are made and maintained by a national or regional authority. Generally, compliance with regulations is a must.
However, it is quite common for technical regulations to refer to international standards because standards help avoid that the law becomes too detailed or descriptive. This approach allows laws to stay current because standards are regularly reviewed and updated. IEC’s International Standards are established through a consensus process involving 20,000 international experts from industry, government and leading testing laboratories, including BSI. The standards, together with IEC’s conformity assessment systems, ensure that the thousands of electrical devices used world-wide every day perform, fit and work safely together.
IEC International Standards – The key to product acceptance and global trading
If you manufacture devices containing electronics or which use, produce or store electricity, demonstrating compliance with appropriate IEC International Standards offers several competitive advantages, from achieving acceptance in new overseas markets, to assuring consumers of a safe, reliable end product.
IEC standards address the safety, performance and compatibility of all electrical devices and systems, from switches, plugs and batteries through to complex data communication systems aboard trains, ships and planes.
Electrotechnology testing for IEC International Standards
As the world-leading assessment and certification body, we undertake all types of IEC testing for a diverse range of organizations, from small businesses to multinational corporations.
We have the capability to test a vast array of electrical devices, giving you the power to accelerate product development, enhance brand confidence and expand quickly into new foreign markets.
Why choose BSI for your IEC Testing and Certification?
As the largest and most experienced global certification body, our testing and certification experts are the best in the world. We guide you through every stage of your IEC certification, helping streamline your development processes and bring products to market quicker
We undertake all types of electrical and electronic equipment safety testing to determine compliance with any existing International Standard, including IT equipment, lighting and components, controls and wiring accessories, electronic components, medical equipment, electrical cables, plus many more electrical and electronic products
We have dedicated UKAS accredited EMC facilities for testing electrical and electronic equipment around the world, including in the UK, Europe and the Far East
We provide flexible, competitively priced conformity assessment programmes tailored to your organization’s objectives
To find out if your equipment meets IEC safety standards, call BSI’s IEC testing and certification experts today on + 44 345 080 9000.