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International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)
3 rue Varembe
Geneva, GE 1211
Phone: +41229190211
Organization type: 
International Organisations

The IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) is an independent, global not-for-profit membership organization that includes171 countries of which 85 are paying members and 86 are developing countries that benefit from IEC work free of charge. Together they represent over 99% of world population and energy generation. 

The IEC is the world's leading developer and publisher of more than 10 000 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 conformity assessment (CA) and administers four CA Systems – IECEE, IECEx, IECQ and IECRE – that certify that components, equipment, installations and systems used in homes, offices, healthcare facilities, public spaces, transportation, manufacturing, explosive environments and during energy generation conform to them.

The IEC CA Systems are the largest working multilateral agreements based on one-time testing of products globally. They bring together more than 150 certification bodies and hundreds of testing laboratories which have issued over one million certificates that are accepted and used by most countries in the world. 

The IEC is based in Switzerland and has 5 Regional Centres: Australia, Brazil, Kenya, Singapore, USA.

The IEC has more than 10 000 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:

It is foundational for global trade in electrical and electronic devices: over 20 % of all global trade in value.