Benefits of standards

Standards ensure the safety, reliability and performance of electrical and electronic devices and systems, including information technologies

Countries are increasingly interdependent

Products are manufactured, assembled and sold in countries that span the globe

Harmonized, globally agreed technical rules ensure that components are able to work together correctly so that the final product is safe and functional for the end-users.

International standards provide the technical rules that ensure the safety and performance of products and help reduce barriers to trade. They provide the basis for conformance testing and allow electrical and electronic devices to enter markets around the world.


Promote fair competition by reducing barriers to trade

Harmonized solutions enable industry to more easily sell its products in many countries


Ensure safety

Standards help protect people, critical infrastructure and the environment


Improve the efficiency of production and reduce costs

Standards simplify the quality control of components and services throughout the product value chain


Promote innovation

Standards help avoid island solutions that can hinder the growth of markets


Provide built-in interoperability

Standards ensure that products from different manufacturers can work together


Offer solutions

Standards reflect the global consensus on state-of-the-art solutions that can be applied by the private and public sectors in both developed and developing countries


Serve as the basis for CA and certification

Standards serve as the basis for testing and certification, to verify the performance, safety, efficiency and reliability of a product

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.

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