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International Standardization

International Organizations

Papers and publications by
International Organizations


This page provides access to relevant articles and publications that address issues pertaining to the IEC or electrotechnical standardization in general.


Additionally, material that highlights the role and potential benefits of adhering to International Standards on electrotechnology as a key facilitator of international trade and a contributor of economic integration can be found here. 



Papers and publications by International Organizations

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World Trade Report: Trade and public policies: A closer look at non-tariff measures in the 21st century. World Trade Organization, 2012

The World Trade Report 2012 looks at the reasons behind the use of NTMs (non-tariff measures) by governments. It notes that although such measures can help to achieve legitimate public policy goals, such as protecting consumers’ health, they can also be used as protectionist measures. In doing so, it recognises the important role played by International Standards bodies such as the IEC. The report highlights how the growth of global production chains and the growing importance of consumer concerns in richer countries affect the use of non-tariff measures. Touching upon the issue of harmonization and its impact on trade creation, the report highlights that the large body of literature investigating this causal relationship supports the argument that harmonization increases trade.

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UNECE: A Common Regulatory Framework for Equipment Used in Environments with an Explosive Atmosphere, (2011)

This UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) regulatory framework offers countries a platform for adoption that enables them to better protect their workers and populations from danger in explosive environments., It is based on and encompasses international best practice and international standards, and in particular standards from the IEC Technical Committee 31. This UNECE publication gives formal endorsement to the IECEx (International Electrotechnical Commission System for Certification to Standards relating to Equipment for use in Explosive Atmospheres) as the recommended global best practice model for verifying conformity to international standards. This publication notes that the equipment used in these environments and the overall design of the plants is increasingly based on a single engineering approach and on the fundamental principles of explosion protection, which have been applied in industry and mines for over 100 years. These are codified in international standards such as IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) 60079 series, and conformity assessment best practice such as IECEx.

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OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterial: Overview of Developments by Singapore (2010)

In its very first representation at the OECD’s (Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development) Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterial, Singapore demonstrates the importance of its Membership in the IEC. In reporting on the current developments in manufactured nanomaterial, Singapore highlights its participation in IEC Technical Committee 113.

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International Standards and Trade – G.M. Peter Swan. OECD Trade Policy Working Paper, (2010)

During its investigation into what impact International Standards have on international trade? The OECD recognises the key role played by IEC as a standard setting body.

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Obtaining the WTO TBT Standards Code Directory (2007)