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Developing International Standards

International Standards reflect agreements on the technical description of the characteristics to be fulfilled by the product, system, service or object in question. They are widely adopted at the regional or national level and are applied by manufacturers, trade organizations, purchasers, consumers, testing laboratories, governments, regulators and other interested parties.


The IEC develops International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies. Adoption is voluntary, although they are often referenced in national laws or regulations around the world. Experts from all over the world develop IEC International Standards.

Since International Standards generally reflect the best experience of industry, researchers, consumers and regulators worldwide, and cover common needs in a variety of countries, they constitute one of the important bases for the removal of technical barriers to trade. For this reason, in its TBT (Technical Barrier to Trade) Agreement, the WTO (World Trade Organization) recommends its members to use International Standards rather than regional or national ones whenever possible. Adopting IEC International Standards or using them for reference in national laws or regulations facilitates trade in the field of electrotechnology.


For more information about the technologies covered by the IEC visit our web area on technology sectors.


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