TC News - June 2010


Decisions and actions resulting from the
SMB meeting held in Geneva, 2010-06-08



Thomas A Edison Award


12 nominations have been received for the Thomas Edison Award. A maximum of 7 nominees can be selected for the Award. In accordance with the approval criteria, SMB members (including the SMB Chairman) are being asked to vote for up to 7 candidates. Candidates must receive no fewer than 9 votes to quality for the Award. Selection is underway with a deadline of 2010-07-08. Reference document SMB/4260/QP.


TC reports to SMB


TC reports to SMB

The SMB congratulated TCs/SCs on the quality of the reports and improved Strategic Business Plans (SBPs) submitted. SMB approved 33 TC/SC reports, including SBPs by correspondence before the SMB meeting. SMB comments on the reports are provided in Annex A of document SMB/4270/DL and TC/SC officers have been individually informed of these comments. (SMB Decision 138/2)

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, D, E and F to SMB/4270/DL. (SMB Decisions 138/3 and 138/4)

TC 57 Power Systems Management and Associated Communications

The Chairman of TC 57, Thierry Lefebvre made a presentation to the SMB on the work of TC 57, including communication protocols and how TC 57 sees its work evolving in relation to Smart Grid and Electric vehicles and its cooperation with ISO in this regard.

TC 23 Electrical Accessories SBP - SMB/4235/DC SMB/4235A/CC

SMB by its Decision 136/6, in Tel Aviv, requested TC 23 Electrical Accessories and its subcommittees to develop a plan to address the concerns of the US NC, and supported by other NCs, about several TC 23 standards covered by SC 23B, SC 23C and SC 23H not reflecting the needs of significant markets and to submit a revised the SBP for decision at the SMB June 2010 meeting. Receiving a report from the ad hoc Group of TC 23, the SMB commented that the use of the term "parallel standards" in the SBP is confusing and is not a term referenced in the Global Relevance Policy and Toolbox in AC/22/2007. The SMB accordingly directs TC 23 to authorize appropriate modifications to its draft SBP, before submitting it to TC 23 for approval, to address this. TC 23 and its SCs may use any of the tools referenced in AC/22/2007 to ensure that future TC 23 standards meet the different needs of major segments of the global market in accordance with the IEC Global Relevance Policy, IEC basic safety standards and the SMB Decision 136/6." (SMB Decision 138/5)


New Technologies




SMB agreed that given the current situation that there does not seem to be a coherent message from the market place with respect to whether the current range of deliverables is satisfactory or not, more experience may be needed before a clear message emerges indicating a way forward. Therefore it was decided to disband the ISO/IEC group thanking the members for the work undertaken to try to reduce the number of deliverables and disbanded the group. The current set of IEC deliverables will not change. (SMB Decision 138/10)

Market Relevance

Further to a pilot test study of selected IEC and ISO TCs using proposals from the joint ISO/IEC Market Relevance Task Force, which was not conducive to facilitating the task of completing the NP form, it was concluded that the current IEC New Work Proposal form already contained a substantial part of the proposals in section 1. The SMB thanked and agreed to disband the group. (SMB Decision 138/12)


The SMB agreed on the necessity of continuing to review Market Relevance and proposed that P-members, when submitting a positive vote on NP, submit an explanation to justify the approval. The experts nominated during the NP approval process would be an indication of the relevance of the work being proposed and it would be the responsibility of the TC concerned to ensure an adequate active representation of all relevant stakeholders. A new joint TMB/SMB TF, under the convenership of the previous MR Task Force, with three members each from SMB and TMB, would document these requirements.


ISO/TMB is invited to concur. Subsequently, the ISO/TMB at its meeting held 9th June has not taken a position on this, but deferred it until a later meeting. (SMB Decision 138/13)


Universal Cell Phone and Other Chargers


ITU-T Study Group 5 (responsible for studying ICT environmental aspects of electromagnetic phenomena and climate change.) finalized Recommendation L.1000 which provides high level requirements for a universal power adapter and charger solution that will reduce the number of power adapters and chargers produced and recycled by widening their application to more devices and increasing their lifetime. At this stage there will be no further developments on this subject.


The outcome of the standard developed by CENELEC in May 2010, for public enquiry (Unique Acceptance Procedure) the document: “Interoperability specifications between common external power supply (EPS) and data-enabled mobile telephones” on EMC and safety requirements has been submitted to IEC under the Dresden Agreement for vote as a CDV. IEC TC 100 reviewed the CENELEC document, which is a complement to the ongoing work in TC 100. TC100 has three ongoing projects and continues discussions with USB Implementation Forum with the objective of closer collaboration. In the future IEC and USB IF can envisage the conversion of micro USB specifications into a full IEC standard.


TC1 00 has launched an NP for chargers for laptop computers originating from Korea. It was noted that IEEE and ISO/IEC JTC 1 expressed their interested in this work.


In conclusion, the work undertaken in IEC, ITU and CENELEC is not overlapping.


SMB TF - IEC Masterplan 2011


The SMB set up a TF to provide input to the IEC Masterplan 2011. The input on 4 priority key areas, which are also subjects of the SMB standardization strategy, was submitted in document SMB/4256/INF. The 4 areas are: How to enhance the influence of stakeholders on the technical and management work; How to secure proper representation of National Interests on all National Committees; How to further improve cooperation with other international bodies; How to identify new technical areas, and anticipate emerging markets and technologies. Reference document SMB/4257/INF.


SMB Strategy 2008-2011


The Canadian, French and Italian 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. China, Sweden and the United Kingdom and will give presentations at the next meeting in Seattle. Reference documents SMB/42654/INF,SMB/4274/INF and SMB/4275/INF.


Review of SMB Sector Boards


SMB presently has four subsidiary bodies, Sector Boards with membership from industry, Advisory Committees composed primarily of TC/SC experts is responsible for operational, technical coordination, Strategic Groups established for specific sectors, and ad hoc Groups consisting of SMB members for specific topics. In line with its strategy goals, SMB after reviewing its advisory committees, undertook a review of its Sector Boards and agreed to maintain Strategic Groups, Advisory Committees and ad hoc Groups. In respect to existing Sector Boards: SB 1 Electricity Transmission and Distribution continues to work efficiently and will be transformed into an Advisory Committee and be asked to revise its Terms of Reference accordingly. SB 3 Industrial Automation Systems, there is no work programme for this SB, the SMB agreed to disbanded SB 3 thanking its chairman and members for its work over many years. SB 4 Infrastructure and Telecommunications Networks is asked to revise its terms of reference with a view to it becoming an Advisory Committee or a Strategic Group. (SMB Decision 138/6)


Work in SMB Groups


SMB SG 1: Energy Efficiency and renewable resources

SG 1 submitted three revised SG 1 recommendations 15, 18 and 20 concerning: Household appliances; Standby losses, off-mode losses and Consumer electronic products circulated in document SMB/4264/R for SMB approval by correspondence, before 2010-07-09



SMB noted the response from its Strategic Group 1, Energy Efficiency and renewable resources, that TC 5 “steam turbines” should be consulted in this topic. SMB will further discuss and decide on the IEC’s involvement in the proposal from the ISO/TMB, to jointly initiate standardization work in co-generation, with a view to issuing a joint proposal for co-generation work.


SMB SG 2: Standardization of Ultra High Voltage Technologies (UHV) – SMB/4246/R

The SMB approved the 4 recommendations submitted in the report from the SG 2 meeting held 2010-03-09:

  • A1 1004/1 A Road map for standardization of HVDC & UHVDC technologies as outlined in Annex A of the SG 2 report;

  • A2 1004/2 Harmonization of atmospheric and altitude correction in IEC to establish an ad hoc working group under (SMB or SB 1) with the assistance of SG 2 to study this issue with experts from TC 28, TC 42, SC 17A, SC 36A, SC 36B, SC 36C, TC 37 and TC 115. Participation of other TC/SC such as SC 22F and TC 38 is welcome;

  • A3 1004/3 Status of implementation of road maps of standardization of UHVAC technologies and HVDC & UHVDC technologies in related TCs/SCs. SG 2 is requested to identify the TCs being referred to in this recommendation;

  • A 4 1004/4 That Bus-transfer current switching by disconnectors and Resistor-fitted disconnecting switch be standardized and included in the amendment of IEC 62271-102 (A.C. disconnectors and earthing switches). (SMB Decision 138/7)

SG 3 Smart Grid

The SMB agreed to SG 3 qualifications criteria for new SG 3 delegates as outlined in Annex 3 of its report, with the deletion of the requirement for the application process to be based on a set of technical qualifications.


SMB agreed with the SG 3 recommendation that there is a strategic need to establish a conformity assessment scheme. SG 3 requested SMB approval to submit a text for a Smart Grid related Certification Process within the IEC to CAB. SG 3 is requested to develop the proposal more fully as soon as possible. (SMB Decision 138/10)


Relations with ISO

Industrial Furnaces

The concerns of TC 27Industrial electroheating equipment on the scope of a new ISO TC on Industrial Furnaces are being dealt with by liaison between the two committees. The ISO/TC 244 Officers agreed to delete “but excludes electrical heating sources” from the scope of ISO/TC 244 and to present this proposal to their plenary meeting in November 2010.

Small craft

The attention of SMB was drawn to a communication from the chairman of TC 18 indicating that ISO TC 188 has issued a New Work Item Proposal with the title "Small craft - Electric Propulsion Systems ", document ISO/TC 188/SC N 1055. The scope of this NP encompasses AC and DC voltages operating at more than 300V AC which is clearly outside the scope of the MOU that exists between the two committees, where it is agreed that ISO would consider only electrical systems on small craft up to a voltage of 50V DC and 250V single phase AC.


TC 18 objects to this proposal and accepts that there is a need for such a standard and proposes that this be considered as a new work item by MT 22. A joint Working group should be established to develop joint IEC/ISO standards for DC voltages up at a maximum of 200V, to cater for interest in electrical propulsion running at a voltage of 144V DC.


ISO/TMB reported at its 2010-02 meeting that the representative of AFNOR (France) informed the TMB that, in light of the failed vote, the proposal was being revised to be resubmitted as a new work item proposal within an existing committee. – IEC will continue to monitor this subject.

ISO/TS/P General technical rules for determination of energy savings in renovation projects, industrial enterprises and regions

The proposal circulated by the Chinese NC in ISO for ballot by 18th August, has been forwarded to IEC TC 65 for feedback before the end of July 2010, relating to IEC involvement. A joint project team could be envisaged for this work.




Recognizing the efficient work undertaken by ISO/IEC JTC 1 to align its Directives to those of the IEC and ISO, approved the JTC 1 Supplement to the ISO/IEC Directives remarking that it is a solid basis for further work on having common directives. JTC 1 is asked to take the comments submitted by SMB into account when revising its Supplement. Reference document SMB/4232/DP.(SMB Decision 138/11)


JTC 1 is coordinating with the SMB SG 3 on Smart Grid activity in relation to the request from SMB at its last meeting on the JTC 1 proposals on this subject.


IEC involvement in Automotive Electrotechnics


In accordance with SMB Decision 137/16, a Task Force consisting of SMB and TMB members with representatives from the TCs concerned met to finalize the revised MOU on Automotive Electrotechnics. A draft agreement was reached and will be discussed at a meeting of ISO/TC 22 for its endorsement, and subsequently will be submitted for ISO/TMB and SMB approval. Reference document SMB/4244/INF.




CENELEC items of interest to the IEC were noted concerning CLC/ BTTF 135-1 “Interoperability specifications between common external power supply (EPS) and data-enabled mobile telephones"; Joint CEN-CENELEC-ETSI WG – “Focus Group on standards for the Smart Grid” and Joint CEN-CENELEC BT WG – “Focus Group on Electric Vehicle Standardization. Reference document SMB/4238/INF.