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IEC Standards

About the International Electrotechnical Commission

Founded in 1906 in London, United Kingdom, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) came about in response to a lack of common measurements, ratings and measurements in the field of electrical science. Initially, this helped to standardise the various voltages, direct currents, plugs, connectors and frequencies used in electrical apparatus. Its continuously evolving standards are now adopted throughout the world.

This leading non-profit standards organisation covers electronic engineering and electrical sectors (collectively known as electrotechnology) in many parts of the world, bearing in mind the current marketplace and safety requirements.
International Electrotechnical Commission standards are used extensively across these sectors to help maintain high standards in product manufacturing and services.


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Risk management - risk assessment techniques
Environmental testing – Part 2-38: Tests – Test Z/AD: Composite temperature/humidity cyclic test
Environmental testing - part 1: general and guidance
Effects of current on human beings and livestock - part 1: general aspects
Degrees of protection provided by enclosures for electrical equipment against external mechanical impacts (IK code)
Environmental testing - Part 2-38: Tests - Test Z/AD: Composite temperature/humidity cyclic test
Medical device software - Software life cycle processes
Safety of machinery - Electrical equipment of machines - Part 1: General requirements
IEC system of plugs and socket-outlets for household and similar purposes - Part 2
Integrated circuits - Measurement of electromagnetic immunity - Part 2
Health software - Part 1: General requirements for product safety
Semiconductor devices - Discrete devices - Part 15: Isolated power semiconductor devices
General purpose lead-acid batteries (valve-regulated types) - Part 1
Digital addressable lighting interface - Part 302: Particular requirements - Input devices - Absolute input devices
Security for industrial automation and control systems - Part 4-1: Secure product development lifecycle requirements
Medical electrical equipment - Recurrent test and test after repair of medical electrical equipment
Electrical installations in ships - Part 401: Installation and test of completed installation
Low-voltage switchgear and controlgear - Part 4-1
Test methods for accessories for power cables with rated voltages from 6 kV (Um = 7,2 kV) up to 30 kV (Um = 36 kV)
Classification of environmental conditions - Part 2-3: Environmental conditions appearing in nature - Air pressure
Power systems management and associated information exchange - Data and communications security - ALL PARTS
Effects of current on human beings and livestock – part 4: effects of lightning strokes
Solar thermal electric plants – part 3-3: systems and components – general requirements and test methods for solar receivers
Secondary cells and batteries for renewable energy storage - General requirements and methods of test - Part 2: On-grid applications
Amendment 1 - Secondary cells and batteries for renewable energy storage - General requirements and methods of test - Part 2: On-grid applications
Specifications for particular types of winding wires - Part 67: Polyvinyl acetal enamelled rectangular aluminium wire, class 105
Electrical installations for lighting and beaconing of aerodromes - Part 1-2
Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 5-6
Fuel cell technologies - Part 6-107
Low-voltage switchgear and controlgear - Part 5-7
Maritime navigation and radiocommunication equipment and systems - Digital interfaces
Industrial networks - Profiles - Part 5-6: Installation of fieldbuses - Installation profiles for CPF 6
Smart city use case collection and analysis - City information modelling - Part 2: Use case analysis
Solar thermal electric plants - Part 1-5: Performance test code for solar thermal electric plants
Connectors for electrical and electronic equipment - Part 1
Optical fibre cables - Part 1-217: Generic specification
Industrial networks - Profiles - Part 5-19: Installation of fieldbuses - Installation profiles for CPF 19
Smart city standards inventory and mapping - Part 4
Radiation protection instrumentation - Measurement of personal dose equivalents for X
This Test Report Form applies to: IEC 61010-031:2022
Low-voltage switchgear and controlgear - ALL PARTS
Mobile and fixed offshore units - Electrical installations - ALL PARTS
Insulation co-ordination - ALL PARTS
Digital audio interface - ALL PARTS
Power cables with extruded insulation and their accessories for rated voltages from 1 kV (Um = 1,2 kV) up to 30 kV (Um = 36 kV) - ALL PARTS
Programmable controllers - ALL PARTS
Telecontrol equipment and systems - Part 5: Transmission protocols - ALL PARTS
Electric motor-operated hand-held tools, transportable tools and lawn and garden machinery - Safety - Part 2-7
Electrical energy meters - Test equipment, techniques and procedures - Part 3: Automatic meter testing system (AMTS)
This Test Report Form applies to: IEC 61508-3:2010
Optical fibres - Part 1-45: Measurement methods and test procedures - Mode field diameter
This Test Report Form applies: IEC 60884-1:2022
Test methods for electrical materials, printed boards and other interconnection structures and assemblies - Part 2-805: X/Y CTE test for thin base materials by TMA
Active assisted living (AAL) use case standards inventory and mapping

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a series of some of the most common questions about the International Electrotechnical Commission.  

The International Electrotechnical Commission issues IEC standards for electrotechnologies across a vast spectrum of applications, including medical technology, electromagnetics, multimedia, energy production and distribution right through to household appliances and equipment for the office. It does this by collaboratively developing international standards through its members across 170 countries.  

The International Electrotechnical Commission is an independent organisation. It comprises national committees (members) representing their country’s electrotechnical needs.

Membership to the IEC has three levels:

  • Full Members – full participation, including managerial and voting rights and the selling and dissemination of IEC international standards country-wide.
  • Associate Members – members have limited managerial and voting rights.
  • Affiliate Country Programme – this encourages developing countries' involvement and use of international standards.  

The International Electrotechnical Commission supports affordable quality infrastructure, sustainability, safety and global trade in electrotechnology. It draws on the knowledge and collaboration of 20 000 experts worldwide to administer best practice systems in relation to equipment, processes, installations and services.

Through approximately 10 000 IEC international standards, it provides a technical framework that enables governments and companies to buy and sell safe, dependable products worldwide.

The work of the IEC directly supports the UN’s 17
sustainable development goals. 

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