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IEC technical committees and subcommittees (TC/SCs) develop international standards and other types of publications for specific electrical, electronic, and information technology areas.

International standards and other publications

IEC publications fall into two broad categories:

  • Normative publications reflect agreements on technical characteristics to be fulfilled by a product, system, service, or object in question.
  • Informative publications provide information such as implementation procedures or guidelines

IEC International Standards are the result of full international consensus among the experts delegated by the IEC Members (National Committees) who actively participate in IEC work, and liaison organization, i.e. international, broad regional organizations, consortia and fora.

IEC publications are bilingual, English and French.
The National Committee of the Russian Federation National Committee prepares Russian-language editions.
Certain publications have also been translated into Spanish.

More information

A standard is an agreed way of doing something in a consistent and repeatable way. Standards set minimum requirements in terms of safety, reliability, efficiency, and so forth. 

IEC TC/SCs (Technical committees and subcommittees) develop international standards and other types of publications for a specific area of electrotechnology.

An overview of the development process of a new IEC International Standard.

A systems approach focuses on the whole system rather than each individual part.

Standards describe the processes and methods to ensure the safety, reliability, and performance of electrical systems and information technologies. Conformity assessment verifies that the written word is applied in the real world.

Why comment? Help shape international standards in your field. Take this opportunity to provide your expert comments on draft IEC Standards (CDVs) before they are published. 

The key benefits of membership come from participating in the development of the standardization and conformity assessment work of the IEC.

In this section, you can find more information about how the IEC is organized.