Conformity Assessmentsort by issue

Issue 01/2011

Reducing risks and injuries

IECEE tests essential in reducing risks

It is safe to assume that there is at least one electrical appliance in every room of your house or apartment. If nothing else, there is at least a lamp.

Issue 01/2011

MBE

IECEx ExTAG Chairman and Baseefa leader honoured

Ron Sinclair, Managing Director of the private certification body Baseefa Ltd., was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the UK’s (United Kingdom’s) 2011...

Issue 03/2011

Keep the engine running

Safety and performance of batteries certified by IECEE

As EVs (electric vehicles) make their comeback — they were first seen in the 1900s and then briefly in the 1970s — much of the focus is on batteries, their main power source....

Issue 03/2011

Safe (re)fuelling

IECEx Schemes help reduce risks

Ex or explosive atmospheres are not restricted to oil refineries, offshore oil rigs, gas plants or mines. Many other industries also operate in potentially hazardous environments: sugar...

Issue 03/2011

United Nations endorses IEC

New UNECE publication offers regulatory framework for Ex areas

In January 2011 the United Nations, via UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe), recommended the IEC and IECEx, one of the three IEC Conformity Assessment Systems, as the...

Issue 03/2011

High-tech travel

IECQ helps make electronic devices and systems safer

The boom in air and road traffic in the past 40 years or so has been determinant in the development of electronics in those sectors. Today, all modes of transportation rely on...

Issue 04/2011

IEC at the White House

IEC and IECEE activities presented at APEC meeting in Washington DC

IECEE Executive Secretary Pierre de Ruvo was in Washington DC, US (United States), to attend an APEC meeting and present IEC standardization and CA (Conformity Assessment) activities....

Issue 04/2011

DIY and gardening made safer

IECEE at forefront in certification of portable electric tools

Sunny days. Milder temperatures. No doubt spring is back. If you have a garden, it’s time to resume all the great outdoor activities the winter interrupted. Mowing the lawn, pruning...

Issue 04/2011

Quality systems for Ex equipment

New IEC Standard to be used as basis for IECEx certification

In April, IEC TC (Technical Committee) 31 and SC (Subcommittee) 31M were proud to announce the publication of ISO/IEC 80079-34, the first standard to be developed by this unique...

Issue 04/2011

Sophisticated tools for outdoor use

Sophisticated tools for outdoor use

Modern-day technologies are not confined to homes, factories or offices. They have also reached the outdoors. While electric lawn mowers and gardening tools have been around for some...

Issue 05/2011

Certifying energy efficiency

Certifying energy efficiency

In commercial and office buildings, energy is consumed by appliances and equipment, from computers and copiers to water coolers and lighting. Heating and cooling equipment – often out...

Issue 05/2011

IECEx in China

Chinese Testing Laboratory promotes the system at major event

China has seen huge economic changes in the past three decades. The state began to reform its economy at the end of the 1970s, shifting from a state-planned to a market economy. This...

Issue 05/2011

Riding high

IECQ makes commercial and office environments safer

Electronics are everywhere in commercial and office buildings. Elevators, escalators, automatic sliding doors or lighting all rely heavily on electronics nowadays. The same can be said...

Issue 06/2011

Taming ocean's energy

IEC looks into conformity assessment solution for marine energy equipment

While oceans are an enormous source of renewable energy with the potential to satisfy an important percentage of the world's demand for electricity, marine energy has not evolved at the...

Issue 06/2011

From the very big to the very small

Robotic applications in Ex environments

Potentially explosive environments are obvious terrains in which to choose to deploy robots. During the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, robotic submersibles were sent underwater...

Issue 06/2011

Robotics for electronics

Use of robots in electronics assembly lines accelerates fast

There are all types of robots loaded with electrotechnology and the electronics and semiconductor industries are relying increasingly on robotics for their product assembly processes....

Issue 06/2011

High rise

Number of IECEE CB Test Certificates issued is growing fast

IECEE, the IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components, held its annual series of meetings in Istanbul, Turkey, during the last week of...

Issue 07/2011

Industrial automation certified

IECEE responds to market demand

From the wheel that helped transport heavy loads to the fire that provided heat, inventions and discoveries have made life much easier. The advent of electricity was a turning point in...

Issue 07/2011

The way forward

Training Iraqi engineers for major oil production project

In Iraq, one of the world's three leading oil-rich countries, the first signs of economic recovery are in place, but total reconstruction and restoration of existing superstructures and...

Issue 07/2011

Keeping electronics safe

IECQ: the best tool for tackling counterfeit and hazardous substances

The global market for electronic components has shown strong growth for many years. This is a real success story, achieved as a result of consistent technological and industrial...

Issue 08/2011

Safe batteries

Harmonization of safety requirements for batteries is underway

Batteries are used in numerous devices and their safety determines the lifespan and faultless operation of countless products. With converging technologies and the advent of horizontal...

Issue 08/2011

Moving forward

IECEE developments to meet industry demand

IECEE, the IEC System of Conformity Testing and Certification for Electro-technical Equipment and Components, is a truly international conformity assessment system. The IECEE CB Scheme...

Issue 08/2011

Taming the Ex factor

Kerry McManama plays major role in IECEx development and growth

Oil and gas refining, chemical processing, coal mining, paper and textile manufacturing, grain handling and storage, sugar refining. These are very different industrial sectors that...

Issue 08/2011

Dubai to host major IECEx event

First IECEx International Conference in the Middle East

Middle Eastern countries that have a large number of oil producing and processing operations are expressing a strong interest in IECEx, the IEC System for Certification to Standards...

Issue 08/2011

Safety inside

IECQ certification ensures reliability and consistency in electronics

Electronic components. We don’t see them. Most of us don’t even know what they look like. But we cannot do without them. Homes, offices, factories and transportation systems all...

Issue 09/2011

Switched on to safety

IECEE helps build strong consumer confidence

When buying a new electrical appliance, who pays much attention to the cable – or to the control switch, for that matter? Customers tend to focus on the design, the look, the size,...

Issue 09/2011

Freeze protection

IECEx certifies trace-heating cables

Pipelines, tanks and vessels that store or transport potentially explosive substances are frequently subjected to extreme climatic conditions and huge temperature variations. Confronted...

Issue 09/2011

Speedy delivery

IECQ certification ensures high quality of components used in fibre optics

Fibre optic lines have revolutionized communications, from long-distance phone calls to cable TV and Internet. Business and industry have used fibre optic technology for years to move...

Issue 10/2011

Pooling resources

IEC-OIML agreement helps reduce costs, time and complexity

“If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it”. Lord Kelvin, First IEC President.What Lord Kelvin said more than a hundred years ago is still true. The technology of the 21st...

Issue 10/2011

Men of Ex-perience

Improving safety of hazardous areas through certified personnel competence

Testing and certification of Ex (explosive) equipment and its servicing is essential, as is the assessment and certification of competence of those individuals that install, repair and...

Issue 10/2011

LEDs lead

Strong IECQ presence in Asia-Pacific

An LED (Light-Emitting Diode) is basically a semiconductor light source. LEDs, primarily used as indicator lamps in many devices, are increasingly used for industrial, commercial,...

2012
Issue 01/2012

Electrical energy efficiency certified

New IECEE service is fully operational

How many electrical appliances and devices do we rely on in any one day? From the lights that we switch on, to the hair dryer, oven and television at home and the computer in the...

Issue 01/2012

A first for Dubai and the Middle East

IECEx international conference addresses overall safety in Ex field

The oil and gas industry makes a large contribution to the financial well-being of middle-eastern economies. All countries in the region have huge oil and gas resources. Oil producing...

Issue 01/2012

LEDs for Ex

IECEx-certified lighting fixtures for hazardous areas

Offshore oil platforms, refineries, shipyards, gas and oil tankers operate 24 hours a day. Most human activities may go at a reduced pace at night but the tanker will continue to trace...

Issue 01/2012

Smaller, smarter, safer

IECQ: the best tool for electronic component certification

Smart is the word. Appliances, multimedia equipment, security systems are all becoming more sophisticated, making life much easier and safer. All these devices and systems would not...

Issue 02/2012

Raising awareness

IEC speaks at UNIDO conformity assessment workshop for developing countries

While conformity assessment is a given in industrialized countries, the concept has not necessarily been fully integrated into developing economies. Recognizing the need to raise...

Issue 02/2012

From singing to sensing

IECEx certifies modern gas detectors and sensors

A BBC News item dated 30 December 1986 announced that more than 200 canaries still employed in UK mines were to be made gradually redundant throughout 1987. The article stated that...

Issue 02/2012

And the winner is...

IECEx Executive Secretary Chris Agius honoured for lifetime contribution to Ex industry

Based on an article published on the HazardEx websiteIECEx Executive Secretary Chris Agius received the HazardEx Lifetime Contribution to the Industry Award on 29 February...

Issue 02/2012

Extremely reliable and incredibly safe

Safe sensors for safe devices through IEC Certification

We don’t see them, most of us don’t even know what they look like, but we are all dependent on them. They make life easier and safer. Modern technologies couldn’t do without them....

Issue 03/2012

Taking developing countries onboard

IEC Affiliate Countries can participate in IECEE activities as observers

Standardization and conformity assessment are complementary. While it is essential that products and systems comply with standards, this compliance has then to be verified and...

Issue 03/2012

Fruitful IEC, ILAC and IAF cooperation

Canada’s SCC recognizes IECEE CB Scheme qualified laboratories

When it was signed in October 2010, the MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) between IEC, ILAC(International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation) and IAF (International...

Issue 03/2012

Building on experience

IECEx International Conference in Dubai addresses safety issues in the Ex field

The 2012 IECEx International Conference on Equipment and Services in Explosive Atmospheres took place in Dubai, UAE (United Arab Emirates) on 20-21 March. Holding about 10% of the world...

Issue 03/2012

Under control

IECQ helps manage electronic components in avionics systems

Avionics – a blend of aviation and electronics – comprises all electronic systems used in aircraft, satellites and spacecraft. It includes communications, navigation, flight and...

Issue 04/2012

One test, one standard, everywhere

IECEE Affiliate status explained to ASEAN member countries

In an effort to establish a single market and production base with an aim to facilitate the free flow of goods, services and investment, ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian...

Issue 04/2012

Successful beyond expectations

Dubai 2012 Conference marks launch of IECEx in the Gulf

The 2012 ‘IECEX International Conference: Equipment and Services in Explosive Atmospheres’ was held in Dubai, UAE (United Arab Emirates) on 20-21 March, marking the launch of the...

Issue 04/2012

Hazards under control

IECQ certification for green and reliable electronic components

In issue after issue of e-tech, we see that electronic components play an ever increasing role in our lives. At home, at work, on the road, in the air, whatever we do, wherever we are,...

Issue 05/2012

Connecting people

IECEE celebrates WTO ITA 15th anniversary

The past 15 years have seen the extraordinary growth of the ICT (Information and Communication Technology) sector. The emergence of mobile devices, and their immediate success in...

Issue 05/2012

Joining forces in the Ex sector

IECEx and UNECE present joint paper at PCIC Europe

IECEx, the IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres, and UNECE, the United Nations Economic Commission, were invited to...

Issue 05/2012

Can't do without them

IECQ-certified electronic components for consumer electronics

In countless ways, modern day technologies have changed the way we live. The emergence and extraordinary success of small mobile devices has increased our reliance on electronics at all...

Issue 06/2012

Energy-efficient motors

IECEE to launch Global Motor Labelling Programme

Growing populations and industrializing countries create huge needs for electrical energy. According to the IEA (International Energy Agency), projected world primary energy...

Issue 06/2012

Personnel competence is key to safety

Baker Hughes chooses IECEx for equipment and personnel certification

Article based on an interview with Norman Ditrich, Baker HughesSafety in hazardous areas is non-negotiable. When equipment is not installed, maintained, inspected or repaired by...

Issue 06/2012

Keeping components cool

IECQ ensures safety and reliability of all electronic components

Invisible yet omnipresent, electronic components play a crucial role in modern technology. Found in parts as diverse as integrated circuits to resistors, capacitors, transistors, LEDs...

Issue 07/2012

Reaching out globally

IECEE is an internationally trusted partner

The last 12 months have been extremely successful and fruitful for IECEE, the IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components. Increased...

Issue 07/2012

Global and mobile

Growth and success for IECEx

IECEx, the IEC System for Certification to Standards relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres, has had yet another very good year. An increase in the number of...

Issue 07/2012

Benefits of IECEx certification

First IECEx-AFSEC seminar for Ex sector in Africa

IECEx (IEC System for Certification to Standards relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres) and AFSEC (African Electrotechnical Standardization Commission)...

Issue 07/2012

Safer electronics

IECQ focuses on “green” electronics and fights counterfeiting

Electronic components play an ever increasing role in our lives. Homes, offices, factories and transportation systems all rely heavily on them. Mobile telephones, computers, car and...

Issue 08/2012

Kazakhstan joins IECEE

Taking a key step towards enhancing regional and international trade

In October 2012, IECEE, the IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components, welcomed the Republic of Kazakhstan as its newest member country....

Issue 08/2012

Outcome of IECEx conference in Dubai

Personnel competence in the Ex field plus UAE’s first Service Facility Certificate

The 2012 IECEx International Conference that took place last March in Dubai, UAE (United Arab Emirates) was extremely successful. The event, organized jointly by IECEx, the IEC...

Issue 08/2012

Hazardous substance-free components

IECQ provides tools to meet the strictest requirements

IECQ, the IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components, has recently published the 3rd edition of IECQ QC 080000, Hazardous Substance Process Management System...

2013
Issue 01/2013

IEC, IAF and ILAC increase cooperation

New tripartite Memorandum of Understanding is signed

Cooperation agreements with other standardization and conformity assessment bodies have been on the IEC agenda for many years. One such agreement, made between the Commission’s three...

Issue 01/2013

Promoting safety in the Ex sector

IECEx and UNECE present joint paper at PCIC Middle East

IECEx, the IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres, and UNECE, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, presented...

Issue 01/2013

New IECQ website launches

Faster and more accurate information lies just a click away

Those of you who are frequent visitors to the IECQ website will undoubtedly be pleased to discover the new and totally revamped website that launched in mid-January. And for...

Issue 02/2013

A CA System for marine energy?

IEC working on new conformity assessment structure

Oceans offer an enormous source of renewable energy with the potential to satisfy an important percentage of the world's demand for electricity. Marine energy however has not evolved at...

Issue 02/2013

Protection against electromagnetic effects

Specific IECEE EMC programme ensures safety and reliability of electrical and electronic devices

Lightning is a huge natural electrostatic discharge between electrically charged areas within a single cloud, from one cloud to another or between a cloud and the earth. The discharge...

Issue 02/2013

IECEx certificates go mobile

An app to identify devices in explosive atmospheres

IECEx, the IEC System for Certification to Standards relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres, has launched the first mobile application to show international certificates...

Issue 02/2013

Shocking

Understanding electrostatic discharge

As winter comes to a close, your jacket may give you an electrostatic shock. You may get one from touching a metallic doorknob after crossing a carpeted room or from shaking someone’s...

Issue 03/2013

Competitive advantages

IECEx present at Australasian Oil and Gas Exhibition and Conference

We all know and accept that safety in the workplace is a must for everyone everywhere in the world. The safety issue becomes crucial in potentially explosive atmospheres, where...

Issue 03/2013

Supporting EV development

IECEE certification key to EV technologies

Although many automotive manufacturers have added EVs (electric vehicles) to their product lines in recent years, they remain very much a niche market, albeit one that is dynamic and...

Issue 03/2013

Avionics aims to manage green issues

How the avionics industry limits the use of lead in its components

The IEC has recently published the 2nd edition of IEC/TS 62239-1, Process management for avionics – Management plan – Part 1: Preparation and maintenance of an electronic...

Issue 04/2013

Trust is the keyword

IECEE leads the way in electromedical equipment safety and performance

A few weeks ago, as I underwent eye surgery, I realized that I was much more worried about the outcome than about the operation itself. Why was that? Given the numerous problems caused...

Issue 04/2013

Mining: A high-risk activity

IECEx ensures protection and safety for Ex equipment and workforce

Miners, especially those working in underground mines, live a highly risky existence. The dangers range from cave-ins and explosions to ones they cannot see, such as carbon monoxide and...

Issue 04/2013

Hearts are not meant to be broken

IECQ components help to advance artificial hearts

The heart has been a symbol of human emotion and complexity since before Common Era. The ancient Egyptians believed that the heart ruled the way people thought, their wisdom and who...

Issue 05/2013

Focus on industrial automation

IECEE launches INDAT, a new service for products and installations in the automation field

The development of automation throughout the 20th century brought enormous changes to the industrial world: some jobs disappeared, others underwent major transformations, new ones were...

Issue 05/2013

Preventing dust explosions

IECEx certification provides high level of protection

When addressing the topic of explosive atmospheres, what immediately comes to mind is the oil and gas or petrochemical industries. Unfortunately the list doesn’t stop there. The risk...

Issue 05/2013

MEMS tested and certified by IECQ

Little components do more and are smaller

In thousands of ways, new and smaller technologies are helping us move forward. From surgical tools that are smarter to toys that let us compete at playing tennis with someone around...

Issue 06/2013

He did it his way

IECEE Executive Secretary and COO Pierre de Ruvo to step down end 2013

IECEE Executive Secretary and COO Pierre de Ruvo will step down at the end of 2013. As in previous years, IECEE, the IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical...

Issue 06/2013

Explosions avoided

IECEx, UNECE and IEC Brazilian NC conference on safety in the Ex field

Safety is paramount when you work in Ex (explosive) areas. If equipment is not installed, maintained, inspected or repaired by competent persons and according to strict Ex standards,...

Issue 06/2013

Malaysia hosts explosive conference

IECEx International Conference in the Asia Pacific

When you think of explosive atmospheres, oil and gas or petrochemical industries are the first areas that spring to mind. But, as economies in Asia grow, the list grows of industries...

Issue 06/2013

Life and property on the line

IECQ CAP battles counterfeit components

Counterfeiting has proven to be a viable and lucrative industry in many areas of the world, specifically the counterfeiting of microcircuits used in electronic devices. IECQ, the IEC...

Issue 07/2013

Safe lighting for everyone, everywhere

IECEE tests and certifies all types of lamps, luminaires and their accessories

Switching a light on or off is such a routine task that we take it for granted. We can leave a light on for hours and it won’t overheat or ignite. We know what kind of light bulb to...

Issue 07/2013

LEDs show the way

IECEx-certified lighting fixtures for hazardous areas

Offshore oil platforms, refineries, shipyards, gas and oil tankers operate 24 hours a day. Most human activities may go at a reduced pace at night but the tanker will continue to trace...

Issue 07/2013

Walking through history

Sensors let us walk through museums safely

The Louvre, one of the largest museums in the world, is a grand sight to behold. Its front entrance, a glass pyramid built in the late 1980s, is imposing in its size and shine. Nearly...

Issue 08/2013

Making the world a safer place

IECEE is an internationally trusted partner

The last 12 months have been extremely successful and fruitful for IECEE, the IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components. Increased...

Issue 08/2013

Reining in explosive atmospheres

IECEx promotes safety and awareness

IECEx, the IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres, looks at equipment in areas where flammable gases, liquids and combustible...

Issue 08/2013

Failures avoided

IECQ certification makes components reliable

IECQ, the IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components, ensures the safety and reliability of electronic components used in the IT, avionics, and a number of other...

Issue 09/2013

Testing and certifying

IECEE PSC Working Group 2A on Smart Grid

IECEE has a working group that is trying to satisfy the needs of industry in terms of Smart Grid. It is looking to help industry ensure that its products are safe, of high quality and...

Issue 09/2013

Global protection for the field of Ex

IECEx conference promotes safety

The IECEx General Meeting, held in September, created a space in which a range of topics including policy, operational, and technical matters associated with the running of the IECEx...

Issue 09/2013

IECQ past, present and future

The best tool for international electronic component certification

Since it first began, IECQ has been gaining worldwide recognition as the international system for providing independent verification that electronic components, related materials and...

Issue 10/2013

Continued safety and strength

Kerry McManama joins IECEE

IECEE, the IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components, has a new Executive Secretary and Chief Operating Officer. Kerry McManama will...

Issue 10/2013

Restricting the blaze

Thorsten Arnhold becomes IECEx Chairman

Ex (explosive) areas are places where flammable liquids, vapours, gases or combustible dusts are likely to cause a fire or explosion. The modern day automation of industry has increased...

Issue 10/2013

Change under the surface

IECEx updates its digital presence

From December, frequent visitors to the website for IECEx, the IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres, will be pleased to...

Issue 10/2013

Electronics through the looking glass

IECQ AQP showcased at TAITRONICS

TAITRONICS, one of the world’s largest electronic shows, took place in October with IECQ leading the way.

2014
Issue 01/2014

Nightmare of a child chewing on a cord

IECEE Certification means safety

It happens to every parent at some point. Your child is playing with her toys in the living room. You step out of the room for a minute, knowing that the room has been baby proofed,...

Issue 01/2014

A CA perspective from Turkey

Interview with İhsaner Alkım, Executive Committee Member, Vestel

One of Turkey’s leading companies and leading consumer electrical equipment manufacturer, Vestel has been part of IEC Conformity Assessment System IECEE for the last ten years. e-tech...

Issue 01/2014

Failure can lead to disaster

IECEx International Conference in Malaysia

In explosive areas, seemingly small failures can have disastrous effects. To meet the world’s ever increasing demand for energy, the oil and gas industries have built larger and more...

Issue 01/2014

Gifts that can be hazardous

IECQ promotes safety in electronic components

Children born in the 1990s probably can’t remember what it was like without internet access, when making a mixed tape was cool or when the newest game from Sega was the Christmas gift...

Issue 01/2014

World Electronics Forum

Discovering new facets of IEC work

During CES (Consumer Electronics Show), which takes place every year in January in Las Vegas, the WEF (World Electronics Forum) holds its bi-annual meeting, bringing together CEOs,...

Issue 02/2014

Getting to know Kerry McManama

A mind open to all possibilities

e-tech talks to Kerry McManama, the new Executive Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of IECEE (IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and...

Issue 02/2014

Safer cars, smarter drives

Cars and world connect

Some days it looks if you are going to be stuck in traffic forever. Sometimes it is because traffic volumes have suddenly increased. All you can see is car ahead of car as far as the...

Issue 02/2014

Knowledge supports safety in Ex areas

Chris Agius presents at the ATEX Forum in Denmark

It is important that the people working in explosive areas are competent and have the most up-to-date knowledge. Not having this knowledge could have serious repercussions, including...

Issue 03/2014

Medical equipment advances at lightning speed

IECEE focuses on its safety and reliability

Since 2007, IECEE (IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components) has been managing the risks surrounding medical electrical equipment. Its...

Issue 03/2014

Health-giving robots

The quality of IECQ Certification helps advance the health sector

The vision of the future sees robots doing a number of things that humans don’t want to do, such as vacuuming. Though the use of artificial intelligence is not yet widespread, robots...

Issue 03/2014

Exploding silos

Staple support from IECEx

Wherever cereals are grown in large quantities it is common to see silos used to store grain. Not so common is the knowledge that in these silos, or with any of the food processing...

Issue 04/2014

Compatibility and interconnectivity

All power grids need IECEE certification for trouble-free operation

Electricity is so deeply entrenched in our lives that we take it for granted…until there’s a power outage. Whether on a small or large scale, power outages may have dire social and...

Issue 04/2014

Minimizing risks

IECEx ensures the safety of personnel and equipment in fossil fuel extraction

While many countries throughout the world are integrating renewable energy sources into their energy mix, they still rely heavily on fossil fuels. According to the IEA (International...

Issue 04/2014

Have faith in your electronics

IECQ certification helps make the world a smarter place

Electronics is omnipresent in our lives today. From mobile devices and wearables to home appliances, office equipment, industrial automation, healthcare facilities, transportation and...

Issue 05/2014

Benefits of IECEx certification

AFSEC-IECEx seminar for the mining sector in Africa

AFSEC (African Electrotechnical Standardization Commission) and IECEx (IEC System for Certification to Standards relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres) are organizing...

Issue 05/2014

Tackling cybersecurity threats

IECEE is developing the necessary strategy and business plan to minimize exposure to these risks

The development of automation throughout the 20th century brought enormous changes to the industrial world: some jobs disappeared, others underwent major transformations, new ones were...

Issue 05/2014

Global safety and security

IECEx helps minimize risks in the Ex sector

Batteries are probably the most common and widespread means of energy storage. From the AA or AAA type you buy at your local supermarket to the highly sophisticated new generation of...

Issue 05/2014

Renewing ties with a former partner

Russia shows keen interest in IECQ participation

More than a century ago, the first IEC President, Lord Kelvin, was quoted as saying: “If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it”. This is as true today as it was then. One...

Issue 05/2014

International certification for solar, wind and marine energy

IEC launches IECRE, the new CA System for the renewable energy sector

The ever increasing demand for electricity and the need to reduce the share of fossil fuels in power generation have led to rapid development and growth of the RE (renewable energy)...

Issue 06/2014

IECEE helps build customer confidence

Safe and reliable consumer goods for everyone, everywhere

Fast-evolving technologies and a wealth of electronic devices and equipment on the market have dramatically altered people’s lives in recent years. All facets of life have been...

Issue 06/2014

Casting a light on LEDs

IECQ provides solution for certification of LED-based lighting sources

From indicator lamps on electronic devices or numeric readouts on digital clocks to their current use in a wide variety of lighting solutions, LEDs (light-emitting diodes) have come a...

Issue 06/2014

Lighting up Ex areas

IECEx certifies new generation of LED-based lighting solutions

In less than 20 years, the LED (light-emitting diode) technology has emerged as an increasingly popular light source. LED-based lighting solutions, first used in commercial and...

Issue 07/2014

MEMS tested and certified by IECQ

Little components do more and are smaller

In thousands of ways, new and smaller technologies are helping us move forward. From surgical tools that are smarter to toys that let us compete at playing tennis with someone around...

Issue 07/2014

Protection against electromagnetic effects

Specific IECEE EMC programme ensures safety and reliability of electrical and electronic devices

Lightning is a huge natural electrostatic discharge between electrically charged areas within a single cloud, from one cloud to another or between a cloud and the earth. The discharge...

Issue 07/2014

Raising awareness on high-risk mining operations

IECEx and AFSEC international seminar in DRC

The DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo) is extremely rich in natural resources. In its soil lie huge amounts of metal and mineral ores such as diamonds, gold, copper, tantalum and...

Issue 08/2014

A leader in its field

IECEE is a truly international partner for the electrical and electronic industry

The number of CB Certificates issued by members of the IECEE (IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components) keeps increasing each...

Issue 08/2014

The ultimate safeguard in Ex areas

IECEx is a trusted partner for the Ex industry

IECEx (IEC System for Certification to Standards relating to Equipment for use in Explosive Atmospheres) has continued to grow in the past year. The IECEx International Conferences...

Issue 08/2014

Quality and reliability at the forefront

IECQ provides independent verification of compliance with International Standards

IECQ (IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components) has been thriving in the past 12 months. The launch in 2013 of new programmes for the automotive industry and...

Issue 08/2014

International debut for IECRE

Testing and certification fro renewable energies

The IEC, which has been at the forefront of international standardization in the wind, solar and marine energy fields for many years, has now gone a step further and launched IECRE, the...

2015
Issue 01/2015

Poland to host IECEx event

Third IECEx International Conference to take place in Europe

In just three years, the IECEx international conferences have made their mark and are becoming must-go events on the annual conference circuit for the Ex industry sector. After Dubai,...

Issue 01/2015

Safe lighting for everyone, everywhere

IECEE certification of great value to industry and consumers alike

For many of us, switching a light on or off is such a routine task that we take it for granted. With the exception of extreme situations – major power outages – we’ve never had to...

Issue 01/2015

High-quality LEDs

IECQ provides structured approach to supply chain management

The United Nations proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies, recognizing “the importance of raising global awareness about how light-based...

Issue 02/2015

Have you ever been shocked?

Some simple rules and useful tools that protect against electric shock

Who among you hasn’t at least once in your life received an electric shock, for example while changing a light bulb? In most cases you don’t feel much and it has no serious...

Issue 02/2015

Containing explosions

The Ex sector can rely on IECEx testing and certification for explosion prevention

More than a century ago, the introduction of electrical apparatus for signalling and lighting in coal mines provoked many electrically-induced explosions of flammable gases and dust....

Issue 02/2015

Tiny bursts of energy

Static electricity: an old phenomenon but now more problematic than ever

Static electricity has been a serious industrial problem for centuries. As early as the 1400s, European and Caribbean forts were using static control procedures and devices to prevent...

Issue 03/2015

How to accelerate EV adoption

Certification to boost buyer confidence in EV range and technologies

Although many automotive manufacturers have added EVs (electric vehicles) to their product lines in recent years, they remain very much a niche market, albeit one that is dynamic and...

Issue 03/2015

A woman at the top

Marie-Elisabeth d'Ornano, Chairman of IECQ

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, careers are still very much the prerogative of men. Electrotechnical standardization and conformity assessment are no...

Issue 03/2015

Fuelling safety

IECEx certification helps keep explosions or fires at bay

Anyone of us can be in close contact with Ex or explosive atmospheres. They are not restricted to oil refineries, offshore oil rigs, gas plants or mines. While many industries operate...

Issue 04/2015

Safety on the factory floor

IECEE certification brings benefits to industrial automation

The development of automation throughout the 20th century brought enormous changes to the industrial world: some jobs disappeared, others underwent major transformation, new ones were...

Issue 04/2015

Smart oil and gas

Ex-tremely safe Big Data

Big Data is set to change the way we work by improving operations and allowing faster, more accurate analyses which lead to more informed decisions being made. Confident decision-making...

Issue 04/2015

Sensored all the way

How to make sure devices and systems are smart and safe

Sensors: they are invisible, most people don’t even know what they look like, but they are omnipresent today. They have a major impact on our home and work environments and are making...

Issue 05/2015

Switched on to safety

IECEE helps build strong consumer confidence

When buying a new electrical appliance, who pays much attention to the cord – or to the control switch, for that matter? Customers tend to focus on the design, the look, the size, the...

Issue 05/2015

Faster connections

How to ensure high quality and reliability of fibre optic components

Fibre optic lines have revolutionized communications, from long-distance phone calls to cable TV and Internet. Business and industry have used fibre optic technology for years to move...

Issue 05/2015

How to prevent leakage or environmental damage

IECEx-certified pigs essential in pipeline maintenance

Pipelines are widely used throughout the world to transport oil, gas and other fluids over long distances and across continents. They are frequently subjected to extreme climatic...

Issue 06/2015

Powder and dust: a risky business

How to protect people and equipment from combustible dusts

The dramatic incident at the Formosa Fun Coast, a water park in Taiwan, at the end of June was an extremely tragic but important reminder that dust explosions are real and that any...

Issue 06/2015

Energy-efficient living

IECEE certification targets energy efficiency

How many electrical appliances and devices do we rely on in any one day? From the lights that we switch on, to the hair dryer, oven and television at home and the computer in the...

Issue 06/2015

Safety inside out

How to ensure safer commercial and office environments through IECQ certification

Electronics are everywhere in commercial and office buildings. Elevators, escalators, automatic sliding doors or lighting all rely heavily on electronics nowadays. The same can be said...

Issue 07/2015

Long-term commitment to safety

IECEE: 30 years of experience in testing and certification of electrical and electronic equipment

The number of CB Certificates issued by members of IECEE, the IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components, keeps increasing each year and...

Issue 07/2015

Gearing up

Fast-paced development for IECRE – the CA System is now operational

Global energy needs are increasing constantly and with the diminishing supply of fossil fuels and rising environmental and safety concerns, renewables are likely to occupy a growing...

Issue 07/2015

Shedding a light on IECQ

How to make electronics smart, safe and reliable

Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT), Smart Energy and Smart everything…None of these would be remotely possible without electronics. Sensors in particular are present everywhere and...

Issue 07/2015

Safety in Ex areas is paramount

IECEx helps mitigate risks in explosive atmospheres

Taipei in June, Bosley in July and Tianjin in August: colour powders blown in the air and allegedly ignited by the heat emanating from the spotlights during a colour festival in Taiwan,...

Issue 08/2015

IECEx extends mobile offer

Access all IECEx Certificates anytime, anywhere

Workers are increasingly mobile and a growing number of enterprises around the world provide their workforce with mobile devices such as tablets, phablets or smartphones. Moreover, many...

Issue 08/2015

Shedding a light on LEDs

Build trust in your products with new IECQ Scheme for LED Lighting

Solid-state lighting (SSL) is rapidly becoming the preferred light source for many lighting applications and the demand will continue to grow. SSL solutions are widely used in...

Issue 08/2015

IEC, IAF and ILAC join forces

Tripartite Memorandum of Understanding prolongs collaboration for the next three-year

The IEC has had a tradition of cooperating with other standardization and conformity assessment (CA) organization for many years. In addition to the International Organization for...

2016
Issue 01/2016

Monitoring frenzy

24/7 connections: how to ensure that measurements are accurate

Is there a time of day or night when we do not rely on electrical or electronic devices in one way or another? Home and workplace are obviously full of appliances, devices and equipment...

Issue 01/2016

Power to the people

Be energy efficient, make a difference

On the one hand, energy efficiency is a new way of life that requires behavioural changes on the consumer’s part. On the other, the pressure is on the manufacturers of electrical...

Issue 01/2016

Ex aspects of food safety

How to protect food processing from explosion risks

Do you realize that your local bakery may be a potentially hazardous location? In fact any area where flour, sugar, or any other type of powder is stored or processed is a potential...

Issue 02/2016

Widespread risks

How best to ensure protection of industrial assets in hazardous areas

Contrary to preconceived ideas, hazardous areas are not the “privilege” of a few specific industry sectors. They can be found almost anywhere at any given time when certain...

Issue 02/2016

Medical equipment in the digital era

How to ensure safety of state-of-the-art medical equipment

People live longer today than ever before. There are however major variations in life expectancy between continents and countries. Even within a given country, there may be differences...

Issue 02/2016

Relying on healthcare wearables

IECQ meets all requirements for safe, green electronic components

The doctor-patient relationship has evolved tremendously in the past decade or so. There was a time when any medical exam had to be performed at a hospital or a doctor’s practice. The...

Issue 03/2016

Curbing electricity consumption

A globally harmonized programme for motor efficiency

Electric motors have many uses, in heavy industry, hospital generators, power tools, pumps to clean swimming pools, and many transport vehicles. Yet, they are the single biggest users...

Issue 03/2016

Powering devices and equipment

Very strict constraints for batteries, their containers and battery-powered devices in Ex areas

Batteries come in all forms and shapes and are probably the most common and widespread means of energy storage. From the AA or AAA type you buy at your local supermarket to the...

Issue 03/2016

From mechanic to electronic

How to ensure safety and reliability of automotive electronics

In the past, a little knowledge in mechanics was all it took to do minor repair on your car. Nowadays you probably need a degree in IT engineering to perform even the most mundane type...

Issue 04/2016

The growing importance of global-scale renewable energy

IEC provides a framework to test and certify renewable energy technology

Over the last five years, the cost of renewable power generation technologies has dropped while the technology has improved. Biomass for power, hydropower, geothermal and onshore wind...

Issue 04/2016

The off-grid solar revolution

Off-grid solar powered products are booming and giving millions of people access to electricity

We don’t think twice about using lights at home during the day or after dark. We have also got used to charging our smart phones wherever we are – at the airport, on a train or in...

Issue 04/2016

A wealth of information at your fingertips

AR makes you see the world as never before

Augmented reality (AR) may not have developed its full potential yet but the technology evolves at such a rapid pace that it should soon be integrated in our personal and professional...

Issue 04/2016

AR/VR underground

New technologies bring increased safety levels to miners

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), long associated with gaming and entertainment only, are really developing into essential tools for a number of industry sector:...

Issue 05/2016

Our battery-powered world

International Standards and testing help keep batteries safe and reliable

Many items we use on a daily basis require battery power, such as tablets, laptops, medical devices, toothbrushes, gaming hardware or power tools.  They enable our ever-increasing...

Issue 05/2016

Keeping an eye on Ex risks

Video surveillance is a key asset for the Ex industry

Closed-circuit television (CCTV) is increasingly used in locations that need constant monitoring – banks, casinos, airports, military installations or shopping malls, to name but a...

Issue 05/2016

A lifetime experience wherever you are

Smart technology is changing the game for major sports events

Long gone are the days when you had to be home and in front of your television to watch major sports events such as the Olympics or a football championship. Today you have access to...

Issue 06/2016

Keeping our powered lives safe

IECEE offers an efficient system for testing the quality, performance and energy use of many electronic devices

From the smartphone alarm first thing in the morning to switching off the lights last thing at night, many products and systems in our daily lives run off electricity. We use the...

Issue 06/2016

Ensuring renewable energy systems are safe

IEC promotes the development of renewable sources for electricity production through standardization and certification

Renewable Energy (RE) plays an increasingly important role in providing global populations with clean, affordable, sustainable energy. RE production and use continues to increase thanks...

Issue 06/2016

20 years and stronger than ever

IECEx recognized as centre of excellence in Ex compliance

Explosive (Ex) atmospheres – also termed hazardous areas/locations – which can be caused by flammable gases, mists or vapours or by combustible dusts, are by no means...

Issue 06/2016

A giant network

Smart technologies rely on IECQ for safe and reliable electronic components

Smart and connectivity are two of the words that probably best describe our society in the 21st century. Everyone and everything is connected nowadays. Cities, buildings, transportation...

Issue 07/2016

Portable medical devices radically change healthcare delivery

Wireless technology is revolutionizing the way we approach chronic diseases and other health-related conditions

In our mobile world, portable smart devices keep us connected and able to access information anytime, anywhere. The healthcare industry has also embraced connected technology in the...

Issue 07/2016

Ex-proof from A to Z

IECEx issues first certificates for non-electrical equipment

The interoperation between electrical and mechanical energies has existed for a long time. In standardization and conformity assessment, the need to provide a holistic solution to cover...

Issue 07/2016

IEC honours IECQ Technical Expert in avionics

Howard Brewer receives 1906 Award for outstanding contribution to IECQ work

Electronic systems used on most modern commercial aircraft include hundreds of systems that help perform specific functions. 

Issue 08/2016

The technology that runs smart homes

Electronic controls are increasingly used to operate home appliances

We are all familiar with remote controls. We use them to change TV channels, select our favourite music and protect ourselves with sophisticated security systems. Still, more appliances...

Issue 08/2016

Wind industry: Harmonized certification facilitates global market access

IECRE issues first wind turbine certificate

Developed with the participation of industry players, including equipment manufacturers, power producers, insurance companies, test laboratories and certifying bodies, IECRE, the IEC...

Issue 08/2016

Adopting smart technologies

Networking and communication essential to the oil and gas sector

With the steady increase in energy demand from developing, emerging and developed countries, the recent drop in oil prices as well as national or regional regulations to drastically...

Issue 08/2016

Smart equals sensors inside

Smart technology relies heavily on high-quality sensors

Smartness has become a way of life. Today most of our activities are – at least in part – smart. Whether you work, drive, sleep, enjoy an idle moment, it is most likely that...

2017
Issue 01/2017

Better to blow a fuse

Checking a critical part of electrical system reliability

Ever run the washing machine, ironed a shirt and blown a fuse?

Issue 01/2017

The dynamics of success

IECEx is thriving despite the many challenges posed to the oil and gas sector

The oil and gas industry sector has faced many challenges in recent years. The severe drop in oil prices has affected companies and economies throughout the world. In parallel, the need...

Issue 01/2017

A certificate in record time

The IECQ Scheme for LED Lighting has issued its first certificate to Chinese LED manufacturer

Demand for the use of solid state technology for general and specific lighting applications continues to grow at a very rapid pace. Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in particular, on the...

Issue 02/2017

Nailing safety

Products tested to international standards instil confidence

Power tools are lighter, perform better and last longer, thanks to improved cordless battery technology, benefiting professionals in manufacturing, aerospace, automotive and...

Issue 02/2017

Dusty business

IECEx-certified equipment key in mitigating explosion risks

Some industry sectors are automatically associated with explosive (Ex) atmospheres – oil and gas, petrochemical plants, mining and in particular coal mining. Many others won’t...

Issue 02/2017

Smart home: a life-changing experience

IoT brings back some degrees of independence to those who require assistance in everyday life

While recent developments in home automation are bound to make anyone’s life easier, there are certain categories of the population for which it may be a life-changing experience:...

Issue 03/2017

The Ex sector turns to EVs

Ex-proof vehicles are increasingly used in hazardous areas

When the term electric vehicle (EV) comes up, it usually brings to mind electric cars and possibly buses or other means of urban transportation. Seldom do we see the mention of...

Issue 03/2017

With a little help from ADAS

High-quality sensors key to advanced driving-assistance systems

Advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) are developed to automate, adapt and/or enhance vehicle systems for safety and better driving. 

Issue 03/2017

Energy Efficiency starts at home

Manufacturers address energy usage in home appliances

Today, numerous machines and devices powered by electricity can be found in our homes. Take, for example, the kitchen. This room alone probably has a dishwasher, an oven and a fridge,...

Issue 04/2017

Effective testing for hazardous substances in electronic equipment

Manufacturers use international IECEE service to show compliance

Electrical and electronic equipment is part of our lives, from televisions, fridges and other appliances, to computers, printers and mobile phones.

Issue 04/2017

The hazardous world of Ex Marking

Coding for equipment used in explosive atmospheres

This article was first published in HazardEx on 20 April 2017 - subheadings and "About IECEx" section were inserted editorially by IECThe one subject guaranteed to...

Issue 04/2017

Sensors at the heart of disaster relief

High-quality, IECQ-certified electronics inside provides increased safety and reliability in times of crises

Long gone is the time when populations knew of an earthquake when it was actually happening, when rescue teams cleared rubble with their bare hands, when it took days to deliver food...

Issue 05/2017

Morocco steps up standardization activities

COMELEC Forum emphasizes need for active participation in IEC work

The IEC National Committee of Morocco (COMELEC), held a successful forum to enhance stakeholder awareness of IEC Conformity Assessment Systems in Casablanca, in May.

Issue 05/2017

European workshops promote IECRE marine technology certification

New CA System will increase marketplace confidence in marine energy equipment and projects

The MET-CERTIFIED project is holding a series of workshops in Belgium, France and the UK, to explain the marine technologies sector of IECRE, the IEC System for Certification to...

Issue 05/2017

Green connections

How to manage hazardous substances in electronic components

Smart and connectivity are two of the words that probably best describe our society in the 21st century. Everyone and everything is connected nowadays, or soon will be. Cities,...

Issue 05/2017

China on the agenda

The 2017 IECEx International Conference targets safety for the Chinese Ex industry

IECEx, the IEC System for Certification for Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres, chose to hold the 2017 IECEx International Conference in Shanghai, China,...

Issue 06/2017

The importance of testing against International Standards

Everyone benefits from using efficient, safe products and services

Today, many devices and services found in homes, hospitals, the workplace and industry run off electricity. Such machines and equipment can be dangerous if they malfunction,...

Issue 06/2017

Number one in its field

IECEx leads the way in Ex compliance

Year in, year out, the list of incidents happening in hazardous areas doesn’t seem to be diminishing. The oil and gas sector has had its share of fires and explosions, obviously, that...

Issue 06/2017

Smart, safe and reliable

Electronic components of the highest quality through IECQ testing and certification

Inventions of past centuries have paved the way for today’s technological innovations. This is the case for many of the electronic components that we use so liberally today. The...

Issue 06/2017

Instilling confidence in a whole industry

IECRE System offers a common language for a highly technical product

Established in 2014, IECRE, the IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Renewable Energy Applications, is the newest of the IEC Conformity Assessment...