IEC Asia-Pacific Regional Centre


IEC Membership

The IEC membership consists of more than 60 participating countries, including all the world's major trading nations and a growing number of industrializing countries. National Committees (NCs) represent each IEC member country. NCs reflect open and balanced representation from all private and public electrotechnical interests in their respective countries. The whole organization of the IEC is designed to ensure that the National Committees play a leading part in all decision-making instances of the Commission. This enables the widest degree of consensus on standardization work to be reached at an international level. It is up to the National Committees to align their policies accordingly at the national level. To find out if your country is an IEC member, please go to Regional Participation in IEC Activities. There are two forms of active participation in the IEC's work. Full Membership allows countries to participate fully in international standardization activities. Full Members are National Committees each having equal voting rights. Associate Membership allows for limited participation of countries with limited resources. Associate members may participate in all technical meetings and in the Council and SMB meetings held within the framework of the annual General Meeting. They have access rights and can comment on all IEC technical documents (from new work to Final Draft International Standards). In addition, Associate Members may request the IEC General Secretary to become Participating members (P-members) on a maximum of four technical committees and/or subcommittees with the right to vote on technical work emanating from their committees of choice. Both Full Members and Associate Members have full access to the IEC working documents, draft and final IEC International Standards.

IEC Affiliate Country Programme

The IEC Affiliate Country Programme, while not a form of IEC membership, offers newly-industrializing countries the means and know-how to get involved in the IEC's work and to use the IEC's International Standards. The programme focuses on teaching participants how to track technical work and how to set up a library of IEC International Standards of relevance to that particular country's needs. One of the aims of the Programme is to help participant countries set up the necessary infrastructure to eventually become members of the IEC.

Participation in IEC Technical Work

Some 10'000 experts around the world participate in the IEC's technical work through the IEC Technical Committees (TCs) and Subcommittees (SCs). TCs and SCs are open to Full and Associate Members of the IEC. Further information on the work of the TCs and SCs and how IEC International Standards are produced is available on the IEC's web site. To participate in IEC TCs and SCs, please contact your National Committee or contact the IEC-APRC so that we can put you in contact with a relevant organization in your country.

TCs and SCs

A TC is made up of National Committees, all of which are free to take part in the work of any given TC. A TC comprises Participating (P) members, who are obliged to attend meetings and vote on documents, and Observer (O) members who have the right, but not the obligation, to attend meetings and vote. The scope (or area of activity) of each TC/SC is defined by the TC/SC itself, and then submitted to the Committee of Action (CA)/or parent TC (for SCs) for approval. If a TC finds that its scope is too wide to enable all the items on its work programme to be dealt with, it may set up SCs, defining in each case a scope covering part of the subjects dealt with by the main committee. The SCs report on their work to the parent TC. The TCs/SCs prepare technical documents on specific subjects within their respective scopes, which are then submitted to the National Committees for voting with a view to their approval as International Standards.

Who are the experts?

The experts are appointed by the P-members of the TCs. They come from the industry, usually in positions where they can keep abreast of any technological development. They belong to a Working Group within a committee for the duration of a specific project, i.e. the development of a particular standard. They can also belong to Maintenance Teams, responsible for ensuring that IEC standards are kept up to date. One expert can belong to several committees at the same time, providing they cover his/her area of expertise.


For assistance on participation, please contact  Dennis Chew