IEC Industry perpective

Governments/ International Organizations

Your perspective


How the IEC can help

Protecting populations

Safety for all


IEC International Standards and
Conformity Assessment play a major
role in the safety of household

It is every country’s duty to protect its citizens. This protection must be far reaching and include all aspects of life. Consumers have the right to buy safe and reliable goods, they have the right to live and work in buildings that have safe electrical installations, and they have the right to be protected from all kinds of hazards associated with electrical and electronic products, equipment and systems.


Adopting IEC International Standards, recognizing certification from IEC CA (Conformity Assessment) Systems, incorporating references to International Standards in regulations and legislation are powerful instruments that help fend off the dumping of sub-standard low-quality electrical and electronic products on local markets. Defective products can cause overheating and fires, hazards that cost a lot of money to local economies and endanger the lives of thousands. The use of IEC International Standards can help in the prevention of accidents and the protection of populations.


The scope of the IEC standardization work is vast and covers most of the electrotechnical field, from home appliances to office equipment and industrial automation, medical equipment, electrical installations and cabling, electronics, or renewable energies, to name but a few.