The IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) is an independent, non-governmental international organization that includes167 countries of which 83 are paying members and 84 are developing countries that benefit from IEC work free of charge. They represent 98% of world population and 96% of energy generation.
The IEC prepares and publishes globally relevant International Standards for all electric and electronic devices and systems. Close to 20 000 experts cooperate on the global IEC platform and many more in each member country. They help prepare the International Standards that ensure that products work everywhere safely and efficiently with each other. The IEC also supports all forms of testing and verification and administers four Conformity Assessment Systems that certify that components, equipment and systems used in homes, offices, healthcare facilities, public spaces, transportation, manufacturing, explosive environments and during energy generation perform as expected and comply with Standards.
The IEC is based in Switzerland and has 5 Regional Centres: Australia, Brazil, Kenya, Singapore, USA.
The IEC has more than 9000 International Standards in its library. IEC work covers a vast range of technologies: power generation (including rural electrification, low voltage direct current and all renewable energy sources), transmission, distribution, Smart Grid & Smart Cities, batteries, home appliances, office and medical equipment, all public and private transportation, semiconductors, fibre optics, nanotechnology, multimedia, information technology, and much more. It also addresses safety, effiency, performance and the environment.
IEC work directly impacts 12 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Here is how: http://www.iec.ch/about/brochures/pdf/about_iec/iec_and_sdgs_lr_en.pdf
It is foundational for global trade in electrical and electronic devices: nearly 18% of all global trade in value.