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Conformity Assessment activities

Why CA (conformity assessment) is needed

Technology is becoming more and more complex, and users and consumers are depending increasingly on products whose design and construction they may not understand. Conformity assessment provides the reassurance they need.

What it is

Conformity assessment refers to any activity that determines whether a product, system or service corresponds to the requirements contained in a specification. A specification, often a standard, is a technical description of the characteristics a product, service or object are required to fulfil.

Supporting all forms of conformity assessment

The IEC not only supports all forms of conformity assessment it also runs four CA Systems, each of which operates schemes based on third-party conformity assessment certification. Together they establish that a product is reliable and will meet expectations in terms of performance, safety, efficiency, durability and other criteria.

Reducing cost and barriers to trade

IEC International Standards and CA help reduce trade barriers caused by different certification criteria in different countries. The IEC CA Systems also help remove significant delays and the expense for multiple testing and approval. This allows industry to reduce cost and enter markets faster with its products.

Reassuring consumers

Consumers can be confident that electrical and electronic products are safe to use, energy efficient and environmentally friendly, and perform to expectations.


Visit the IEC CA Systems page for details of their scopes and the various schemes they offer.

Conformity Assessment
  • Conformity Assessment - how we workLearn more about the conformity assessment process
  • IECEE - websiteIEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components.
  • IECEx - websiteIEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres
  • IECQ - websiteIEC Quality Assessment System for
    Electronic Components
  • IECRE - websiteIEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Renewable Energy Applications