TC News - March 2010


Decisions and actions resulting from the SMB meeting held in Geneva, 2010-02-10



TC reports to SMB


The SMB congratulated TCs/SCs on the quality of the reports submitted, approving 27 TC/SC reports, including Strategic Business Plans (SBPs) by correspondence before the SMB meeting. SMB comments on the reports are provided in Annex A of document SMB/4204/DL SMB noted that TC 38 is taking into consideration the comments received on its recently approved scope. An amended version will be re-sumbitted for SMB approval. (SMB Decision 137/2)

Projects for which extensions of target dates have been reviewed

The SMB reviewed late projects with more than 4 months delay and for CDVs requiring more than 24 months to complete, which are listed in annexes B, C, E and F to SMB/4204/DL. (SMB Decisions 137/3 and 137/4)


Alternative “referee” Test Methods - SMB/4080/DC

Further to SMB Decision 136/7 to allow each TC/SC to decide, as a function of its needs, on the necessity of designating a referee test method. The SMB approved revised wording for the ISO/IEC Directives as follows: "If more than one test method is to be standardized, a referee method (often called “reference method”) may be identified in the document to resolve doubts or dispute. The decision to specify a referee method is made by each committee based on its particular needs. The committee shall either identify one method as the referee method or shall be allowed to identify alternative test methods."


ISO/TMBhas been invited to concur.

(SMB Decision 137/7)

Persistently inactive experts

SMB approved text for the ISO/IEC Directives: "Persistently inactive experts, meaning absence of contributions through attendance to working group meetings or by correspondence, shall be removed, by the office of the CEO at the request of the technical committee or sub-committee secretary, from working groups after consultation with the P-member".

(SMB Decision 137/6) IEC DMT Directives Maintenance Team DMT Report

The SMB decided:

  • not to extend to other IEC TCs/SCs, the derogation accorded to TC 100 for the acceptance of new work item proposals with a minimum of 2 experts;

  • not to extend to other IEC TCs/SCs, the use of the TC 100 Fast Standardization Procedures (FSP);

  • PASvalidity – to modify Part 1 of the ISO/IEC Directives clause 3.2.4 be modified to read – "The validity may be extended for a single period up to a maximum of 3 years, at the end of which it shall be published as another type of normative document, or shall be withdrawn".

  • to circulate the guidelines for use of video- and teleconferencing by IEC TC/SCs developed by ISO and JTC 1 to IEC NCs and IEC TC/SCs for their comments.(SMB Decision 137/6) ECO design and ISO

Based on a recommendation from ACEA, the SMB agreed that in order to avoid development of conflicting standards, the work of ISO TC 207 and IEC TC 111 should be aligned. (SMB Decision 137/14)


IEC Guides


SMB agreed at its last meeting that some IEC Guides need to be mandatory as they are fundamental for the good functioning of the IEC technical work. (SMB Decision 136/8). SMB has the responsibility for allocating a mandatory status for Guides. At present IEC Guides 104 (edition 4 to be published shortly) The preparation of safety publications and the use of basic safety publications and group safety publications, 107 Electromagnetic compatibility - Guide to the drafting of electromagnetic compatibility publications and 108 Guidelines for ensuring the coherency of IEC publications - Application of horizontal standards have been designated as mandatory. Other Guides, as defined in the ISO/IEC Directives may contain mandatory wording. All bodies responsible for producing and updating IEC Guides are requested to identify parts that are mandatory or for guidance only. SMB also approved the withdrawal of IEC Guide 114 following publication of IEC 62430, which has the status of a horizontal standard. (SMB Decision 137/14)


It was noted that the proposed draft IEC Guide Electrotechnical equipment - Temperatures of touchable hot surfaces when it is approved based on CENELEC Guide 29, is in the process of being voted upon by IEC Council.


New Technologies


SMB continues to review and update a list of potential new fields of technology identified for standardization and the progress in the different areas. One new field mentioned is surface mounting devices, which concerns the next generation of electronic assemblies.


Universal External Power Supply (EPS) and battery charging interface


The SMB continues to follow the progress of work in IEC TC 100 which has several on-going projects related to the battery charging interface for small, hand-held multimedia devices. One of these will be developed in conjunction with the USB IF (Implementers Forum) and use their micro-USB specification as a normative reference. The ITU representative gave an update on ITU-T’s Recommendation L.1000, Universal power adapter and charger solution for mobile terminals and other ICT devices, which is currently under ballot. IEC will be requested to develop the device standards once the ITU-T Recommendation has been approved. CENELEC has received a mandate from EU commission on a common Charging Capability for Mobile Telephones. The European standard will cover EMCand safety requirements and be developed under co-operation with Digital Europe. SMB asked CENELEC to agree that the work should be carried out at the international level in IEC TC 100. CENELEC will consider this if the work in IEC TC 100 covers the same topic as that in CENELEC, but emphasised that there is a starting date scheduled for the project in CENELEC. It is unclear if the IEC TC 100 ongoing projects and future work programme would cover all the requirements of the EU mandate.


Lamps and Related Equipement


The chairman of IEC TC 34 (lamps and related equipment), Ted Glenny, made a presentation to the SMB outlining the Strategic Business Plan and addressed questions relating to testing techniques of energy saving lamps including LED lamps and LED luminaires, and compatibility of energy saving lamps and electronic switches. SMB was asked how to improve the timing for developing a full consensus standard, at the present time the PAS(Publicly Available Specification) is being used for TC 34 new deliverables. In replying to his question on harmonization of legal requirements, the SMB considered that it was not the role of the IEC to petition governments to harmonize legal requirements.


A request from the Conformity Assessment Board (CAB) was made to SMB to consider whether conformity assessment elements in the product standard IEC 62035, Discharge Lamps, which are beyond the testing provisions outlined in the ISO/IEC Directives, should be maintained. It was agreed to ask SC 34A to meet with representatives of the IECEE (CB Scheme) to discuss the matter first.


SMB TF - IEC Masterplan 2011


In view of the upcoming revision of the IEC Masterplan the SMB established a Task Force to provide input on items relative to the IEC technical work. The TF will meet in Geneva on 20th May, 2010.


Proposed topics for Masterplan 2011 development include:

  • Enhance the influence of stakeholders on the technical and management work.

  • Demonstrate the Commission’s strategic value to stakeholders.

  • Secure proper representation of national interests in all National Committees.

  • Improve the efficiency, and so reduce the cost and time for developers and end-users, of IEC standardization and conformity assessment processes.

  • Further improve cooperation with other international bodies.

  • Involve academic, scientific and research institutes, as well as new generations of young professionals, in the IEC work.

  • Identify and provide additional services required by NCs.

  • Identify new technical areas, and anticipate emerging markets and technologies.

  • Enhance support to the Affiliate programme countries.

  • Add revenue streams for the NCs and COs.


SMB Strategy 2008-2011


The Australian, Spanish and United States SMB members reported on how experts are recruited in their countries and how they identify new areas where full consensus standards are needed soliciting input from academia and research institutes. France, Italyand Canadawill give presentations at the next meeting.


In line with the SMB strategy, having completed a review of generic terms of reference for the SMB advisory committees, a small group of SMB members together with Central Office will now review the relevance, missions and scopes of Sector Boards for decision at the next meeting in June 2010.


SMB members had been invited to give input on another of the SMB Strategy Goals relating to “comparing best practices and adopting where relevant” including communications and collaboration between ISO and IEC national bodies, to build capacities, adopt best practises, synergies and establish common national position with actions for National Committees. Also to look into adoptions of leading-edge work processes that support cost-efficient operations in standards development. Some interesting responses were received and since the SMB had not had time to review all the input it was agreed to take the time to identify any potential actions for discussion at its meeting in June.


SMB Strategy Group (SG)


SMB considered that it was important that the recommendations emanating from its strategic groups be specific with a list of action items and an implementation plan. For any new work items and follow-up actions from SGs recommendations resulting in NPs, should be initiated by the SG in cooperation with the TCs concerned.


Energy Efficiency and renewable resources, SMB SG 1:

The report from the SG 1 meeting held in Tel Aviv, 2009-10-20, document SMB/4135/R was circulated for SMB approval with 3 revised recommendations and the 7 new recommendations 27 to 33, on areas: 1 Product Specification; 1 Automation, 1 Smart Grid; 2 lighting; 2 for Smart Home/ SmartBuilding. The recommendations have been submitted to the relevant TCs/SCs i.e. TC 22, TC 23, TC 34 & SCs, TC 59 & SCs, TC 64, TC 65 & SCs, TC 76, TC 100, TC 108, ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 25 and ISO/TC 205 for input on all the recommendations. In addition, TC 2, SC 17B, SC 17D, SC 22E, SC 22G, SC 22H, TC 26, TC 27, TC 31 and SC 65B were invited to provide input on recommendation 27. All the comments received on the recommendations, including SMB comments, are given in documents SMB/4135A/CC and SMB/4135B/CC.


SMB thanked TCs/SCs for their input and asked SG 1 to take into consideration, and respond to, all the comments received from TCs/SCs. (SMB Decision 137/)



At the request of ISO/TMB, SMB will consider making a call for its members to make any proposals in relation to initiating standardization work in co-generation of heat and power in parallel with ISO with a view to issuing a joint proposal for co-generation work within a joint project committee, technical committee or to refer the work to existing committees. SMB SG 1 has again been asked to look at the subject of co-generation in this regard. By definition co-generation is the electric and thermal energy produced simultaneously from a common fuel source. Co-generation has impact on other individual technologies such as smart metering, real time communication, energy conservation, best building practices, etc.


Smart Grid, SG 3

The convener of SG 3, Richard Schomberg, gave a presentation to SMB on the progress of SG 3 outlining the recommendations it had submitted for approval following the meeting held 2009-11-19.20.


SMB SG 3 is composed of 14 NCs representatives. Its strategy is to make the most of existing standards (which is the basis of recommendations 1,2 and 3); to make the TCs manage themselves and their activities in a sustainable way (relates to recommendations 4 to 7); to address the new sector of “Connecting the Consumer applications” (recommendation 8); standards worth only if compliance can be assessed in some way (recommendation 9); strategy worth only if followed by action (recommendation 10)


SMB approved 9 of the 11 recommendations including establishing a formal liaison between NIST SGIP and SG3. Concerning a recommendation to establish a new TC or SC on “connecting the consumer applications” SMB remarked that there are several IEC TCs working in the area and asked SG 3 to clarify its position. One other recommendation “to add a Smart Grid certification process to the IEC System family” has been referred to the CAB (Conformity Assessment Board) for review. SMB also requested SG 3 to provide action and implementation plans for all of the recommendations based on the input from SMB members and TCs/SCs. All the SG 3 recommendations are outlined in document SMB/4175/R. (SMB Decision 137/10)

LVDC distribution systems up to 1500V DC in relation to energy efficiency, SG 4

The SMB noted a draft scope proposed by SMB Strategic Group 4 and requested that a final version be submitted for SMB approval by correspondence taking into account the comments made by SMB members.


Relations with ISO


Relationship with ISO on subjects of common interest to both IEC and ISO are increasingly improving. However, a new ISO TC on Industrial Furnaces is a cause of concern for IEC TC 27 Industrial electroheating equipment. SMB has asked TMBto concur with a request from TC 27 to facilitate liaisons between the two committees. Reference document SMB/4068/INF. (SMB Decision 137/15)




SMB noted that ISO/IEC JTC 1 has issued a new work item proposal JTC1 N9921 Sensor Networks and Interface for Smart Grid Systems. In view of the SG 3 work, SMB instructs JTC 1 to suspend the new work item and coordinate with the SMB/SG 3 Smart Grid. SMB invites the ISO/TMBto concur with its decision.


SMB understands that JTC 1 intends to monitor these subjects in WGs, but not to develop new work items, which could have an impact on the work of SG 3. JTC 1 is encouraged, as is any other TC, to provide feedback to SG 3 on any issues it identifies, related to its scope, which is not being addressed.

(SMB Decision 137/18)


IEC involvement in Automotive Electrotechnics


The SMB was ready to approve the revised MOU on Automotive Electrotechnics, which updates a 20 year-old version. Recently, however, Central Office received a counter proposal from ISO/TC 22, which the SMB had not yet discussed. The SMB agreed to set up a Task Force consisting of 4 SMB members to review the proposal and to meet with representatives from ISO/TMBand ISO/TC 22 to try to reach agreement for final action at their respective TMB and SMB June 2010 meetings. (SMB Decision 137/16)


Communication protocol between electric vehicle and grid - ISO/TC 22 ISO/NP 15118, Part 1: Definitions and use-case; Part 2: Sequence diagrams and communication layers


The SMB invited TMBto concur with the SMB position that the above item is a subset of the interoperability and communication protocol that will be needed for smart grid and requested that liaison be established with the appropriate IEC committees (TC 13 and TC 57/WG 17 and others) involved in Smart Grid communication standardization under the coordination activities of the SMB/SG 3. A Joint Working Group between IEC TC 69 and ISO/TC 22 is envisaged. (SMB Decision 137/17)


ISO/IEC Group on Deliverables - SMB/4099/DC


Subsequent to the SMB decision not to accept the invitation to circulate the questionnaire as proposed by the Group on Deliverables, SMB members were invited to send suggestions/comments on the questionnaire within six weeks in order to give direction to the convener of the group on the way forward. The TMB representative informed SMB that TMBwould be considering several options at the TMBmeeting.


Secretariat Note:

ISO/TMB Resolution 9/2010 requests the ISO/TMB secretariat to prepare a draft paper for discussion at the TMB/SMB Joint Representatives Meeting in June and subsequently to be provided to Council concluding the work of the SMB/TMBTask Force on the simplification of deliverables.


ISO/IEC JDMT TF on Market Relevance


The pilot evaluation of the IEC/SMB Market Relevance Task Force was started in accordance with the SMB Decision taken in June 2009. The interim report, document SMB/4182/INF, provided information and a list of NWIPs circulated by TC/SCs that were selected to participate in the pilot evaluation. Comments received from members are given in document SMB/4182A/CC


In IEC there have been relatively few NPs submitted using the Market Relevance criteria. The TMBrepresentative reported that only 3 NPs had been received so far.


The evaluation period will finish at the end of March the results will be available for SMB decision at its June meeting.