TC News - February 2012


Decisions and actions resulting from the SMB meeting held in Geneva, 2012-02-15



TC/SC Reports


The SMB approved 35 TC/SC reports, including SBPs by correspondence before the SMB meeting. The SMB is carefully monitoring the timing of submission of the TCs/SCs reporting to SMB, to ensure that the reports are received within 3 months of the TC/SC meeting.
(SMB Decision 143/2)


Projects for which extensions of target dates had been reviewed


The SMB reviewed the status of target dates and project plans for 57 projects, these include late projects and projects older than 5 years, and CDVs that require longer than 24 months to be available. (SMB Decisions 143/22 and 143/23)


IEC Technical Activities - Structure

Systems Activities in the IEC

The SMB formed AdHoc Group 35 with the intent of developing a recommendation on how the IEC may carry out work at the Systems level. The AdHoc will make a recommendation to the SMB at the October 2012 meeting of the SMB.

Preliminary Work Item (PWI) for new areas of TC / SC work

With the aim of improving communication to potential experts and heir National Committees for new work projects, the SMB approved recommendations from its Study Group to enhancing the PWI mechanism outlined in document SMB/4709/R. TCs and SCs are now requested to add areas of potential new projects to their Programme Of Work so that new and interested experts can be identified and have an opportunity to join the work effort at the earliest stage. PWIs will be assigned an expiry date by the TC / SC and withdrawn if not transformed to work projects by that date. Work projects that are reset by the SMB will be deleted and not re-entered to the Programme OF Work unless the project is re-validated by the TC/SCs responsible. The IEC DMT has been asked to draft specific implementation procedures.
(SMB Decision 143/21)

CDV enquiry time

The SMB is monitoring the progress of the on-going trial period to shorten the CDV enquiry time following a proposal from the Finnish NC. SMB will evaluate the situation at its June 2012 meeting.

TC/SC Chairmen – Terms of Office

In accordance with a recommendation from the SMB ahG on Management Responsibilities, the SMB considered a proposal to set maximum term limits of a total of 9 years for TC/SC Chairmen, with the SMB having the right to consider derogations in exceptional cases. The primary objective of the proposals was to encourage renewal in the management of TC/SCs and provide opportunities for younger experts. The current rules allow for a first term for a maximum period of 6 years or for such shorter period as may be appropriate, with extensions of a maximum of 3 years with no limit. A majority of the SMB supported the proposal, but it was not sufficient to reach the 2/3 majority needed for approval.

TCs/SCs structure

After reviewing the statistics of TCs with low performance and activity, he SMB disbanded two TCs: TC 39 Electronic tubes (No performance) and TC 93 Design Automation (< 5 P-members), both TCs have been asked to transfer their programmes of work to other committees who will report back to SMB (see below).


Also in line with recommendations from its ahG on TC activity statistics, SMB further reviewed the structure of TCs with too many subcommittees, and inactive “parent” TCs with active SCs.


TC 22, TC 23, TC 36, TC 59, TC 61 and CISPR, are noted for having SCs with low activity and projects. They are asked to review their current structure, and take advantage of all the possibilities available to ensure an effective operation taking into account low expert participation and low project activity, or to provide a rationale for maintaining such a structure.
(SMB Decision 143/17)


For TCs/SCs with minimum activity the disbanded TC 39 is requested to transfer the programme of work to TC 110 in consultation with TC 45. TC 16 has been requested to report back on a recommendation to disband this TC and to transfer the programme of work to TC 44 and/or TC 3. (SMB Decision 143/18)


Considering that a TC has the responsibility to actively manage the work of its SCs, the SMB considers that SCs acting autonomously, without full TC management, should be considered as a functioning TC rather than an SC. The SMB asked TC 17 and TC 32 in consultation with their subcommittees to develop a plan to either resume functioning as a TC or transforming their subcommittees into one or more TCs or transferring their management to an existing TC.
(SMB Decision 143/19)

Criteria for inviting TCs/SCs to SMB meetings

Following discussion in the Chairman’s Advisory Group (CAG), the SMB endorsed criteria and processes for inviting representatives of specific TCs or SCs to each SMB meeting to ensure full engagement between SMB and TCs for a focused dialogue on key issues. These criteria are available in document SMB/4748/INF.

TC/SC meetings

The SMB will review the Guidance document for hosting TC/SC meetings. A report of the Ad Hoc group is expected for the June SMB meeting.


Coordination of Technologies/SMB Strategic Groups


Review of the SMB Strategic Groups/Advisory Committees A programme for the review cycle for SMB SGs and ACs was established. The conveners of the ACs/SGs will each be invited to report in detail at different SMB meetings over the next two years to answer specific questions that are detailed in document SMB/4745/DC. (SMB Decision 143/15)

SG 1: Energy Efficiency

The SMB approved recommendations from SG 1 concerning cooperation and liaisons with a new ISO committee (ISO/TC 242) and a new ISO/IEC JTC 1 committee (JTC1/SC 39) to ensure that there is no conflict with scopes. A recommendation concerning a method for implementing the systems approach for energy efficiency, and based on a presentation given at the meeting by one of the SG 1 members, will be addressed in the SMB ahG 35 on Systems Groups. The convener of SG 1 has been invited to report to SMB meeting 2012-06-12 on its future orientation. (SMB Decisions 143/5, 143/6 and SMB/143/8)

SG 3: Smart Grid

The SMB recognizes the important work that SG 3 is doing on the subject of Smart Grid and the coordination with other international and national organizations. A request for liaison with the Korean Smart Grid Standardization Forum was noted, and SMB advises other National Smart Grid groups to participate in the SG 3 work through their National Committee representation on SG 3. SG 3 has been asked to develop a plan for dealing with the significant number of requests anticipated. The attention of SG 3 is drawn to several ISO/IEC JTC 1 resolutions relating to Smart Grid. The convener of SG 3 has been invited to report on its future status to the SMB at its meeting to be held in 2013-06-11. (SMB Decision 143/9)

SG 4: LVDC Distribution Systems up to 1500V DC

The SMB agreed that related TCs should consult with SG 4 before developing standards related to DC below 1500 V since SG 4 has evaluated the situation and believes that the market is not yet ready for useful standardization in this area. On the question of safety between DC and AC products, SMB believes that TC 64 having a safety pilot function should be consulted for guidance and coordination. The convener of SG 4 has been invited to report on its future status to the SMB at its meeting to be held in 2013-10-21. (SMB Decision 143/10)

SG 5: Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) membership

The SMB approved the membership of SG 5 with participation from CN, DE, ES, FR, GB, IT, JP, NL, NZ and the US, with the following Scope-Keywords:

  • Establish and improve Interoperability
  • include security, safety and health of AAL-Users
  • include Privacy standards (Data protection)
  • include Quality of service definitions
  • There are several existing or to be developed systems that can be included in AAL in present or future to improve the functionality
    • Home entertainment, e.g. TV
    • Installed Home-Automation-Systems
    • Smart phones, tablet PC, aso.
  • DO-not´s: no SmartGrid, no internet of things, no intelligent household, no cabling standards, no
    • Do not aim to include the home entertainment
    • The market might be too fast and complex

(SMB Decision 143/11)


The SG 5 convener will be invited to the SMB Meeting to be held in 2013-10-21 for review of its mandate.

SG 6: Electrotechnology for Mobility

The SMB approved the membership of SG 6 with participation from BR, CA, CN, DE, ES, FI, FR, IS, IT, JP, KR, NL and the US. The role of SG 6 is to investigate interaction between Plug-in electric vehicle and electricity supply infrastructure in order to:

  • analyse market and industry developments,
  • identify gaps and overlaps in the standards,
  • make sure that appropriate standards are timely delivered,
  • define a means for collaboration between IEC and other Standardization organizations (notably with ISO and CEN-CENELEC E-Mobility Coordination Group and the IEC SG 3 on Smart Grid),
  • monitor the practical application of collaborations already in place, in particular the ISO/IEC Agreement

(SMB Decision 143/12)


The SG 6 convener will be invited to the SMB Meeting to be held in 2013-10-21 for review.


Presentations given to SMB Meeting 143

TC23: Electrical Accessories

The SMB Chairman presented the 2011 Thomas Edison Award to the 4th laureate, Mr. Wim De Kesel, Secretary TC 23, who had not been able to attend the SMB meeting in Melbourne.


Mr. de Kesel gave a presentation to the SMB on the current activities of TC 23: Electrical Accessories and an update on the SC 23C World-wide plug and socket-outlet systems including actions to resolve the US concerns. The SBP of TC 23 is updated to include a detailed step-by-step action plan.


Cooperation with ITU-T continues to be very satisfactory, particularly in the area of collaboration on Smart Grid. ITU is making strong reference to the global coordination on Smart Grid taking place in IEC SG 3 which is clearly referenced in the scope of the ITU-T Focus Group on this subject.


The ITU-T representative gave a two-part presentation, reference document SMB/4749/INF, to SMB:

Part 1: "ITU-T working methods overview" - collaboration with ITU and IEC Technical Committees,

Part 2: "ITU-T collaboration on Smart Grid" - The scope of the ITU-T Focus Group on Smart Grid (FG Smart)


Relations with ISO


There was no representation from ISO to the SMB meeting due to the TMB meeting taking place at the same time. A small group of representatives, 5 each from ISO/TMB and SMB held a meeting on the 14th February to discuss the situation concerning the MoU on Automotive Electrotechnology, changes by IEC concerning P-member participation in TC/SCs, and the organization of subgroups reporting to IEC SMB and ISO/TMB (SGs, SAGs, ACs, TAGs, ahGs, etc.)


The SMB noted a verbal report from the activities of the Joint Directives Maintenance Team (JDMT), which had met the previous day.


Next SMB Meetings

Dates for 2012

2012-06-12 – Tuesday, Boston USA

2012-10-01 – Monday, Oslo, Norway (General Meeting)

Dates for 2013

2013-02-13 – Tuesday, Geneva Switzerland

2013-06-11 – Tuesday, Geneva Switzerland

2013-10-21 – Monday, New Delhi, India (General Meeting)