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

By Claire Marchand

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 is again expected to break the 80 000 mark at the end of 2015. Add to that the successful and fruitful collaboration with international organizations, the outreach to developing countries and the introduction of new programmes and you have confirmation that IECEE is THE global certification system for electrical and electronic products. In 2015, IECEE is celebrating its 30th anniversary!

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IECEE has finalized a Global Motor Energy Efficiency (GMEE) programme in response to the needs of manufacturers

A new Chairman for the System

At its annual meeting, held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 3-4 June 2015, the IECEE Certification Management Committee (CMC) appointed its new Chairman, Wolfgang Niedziella, of Germany, for a three-year term of office beginning on 1 January 2016.

Wolfgang Niedziella has almost 20 years of experience in conformity testing and certification, particularly regarding questions of practice related to the test specifications and test methods detailed in the International Standards accepted for use in the IECEE.

Niedziella was awarded the IEC Thomas A. Edison Award in 2014 for his achievements as Chair of the IECEE Committee of Testing Laboratories (CTL). During this time he has streamlined processes to provide testing laboratories with quick and valuable technical responses to their questions and issues.

Niedziella is also a published author of the book "Wie funktioniert Normung?" (How does standardization work?) (2000, 2007, VDE Verlag Berlin) (see article in e-tech December 2014).

Launch of the GMEE programme

Motor manufacturers are producing and selling electric motors across many countries. As test standards, efficiency levels and certification schemes vary from country to country, and in response to the needs of manufacturers, IECEE has finalized a Global Motor Energy Efficiency (GMEE) programme.

The programme has one recognized test method – IEC 60034-2-1:2014, Rotating electrical machines - Part 2-1: Standard methods for determining losses and efficiency from tests (excluding machines for traction vehicles), one test report format, and one certification process acceptable in all participating countries. Thus, once certified, each motor will have an "international passport" for a particular level of energy efficiency in a given country. That certification would then be recognized in all other participating countries. This facilitates international cooperation among different countries as it relates to the enforcement of regulations and makes it easier for manufacturers to comply.

Focus on cybersecurity

Under the Industrial Automation (INDA) category, the IECEE is pursuing conformity assessment (CA) solutions related to cybersecurity, in close cooperation with the efforts of the IEC Conformity Assessment Board (CAB) in this same area. To this effect, a working group has been created in the Policy & Strategy Committee and is pursuing the development of the details by which participating certification bodies and testing laboratories will provide certifications.

Cooperation with IEC ILAC IAF…

Recently, the IEC-ILAC-IAF Steering Committee has developed revised guidelines to further enhance the existing procedures for unified assessments of participating certification bodies and testing laboratories.

As a reminder, the IEC and its CA Systems have cooperated with the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) on technical and administrative issues for several years. These collaborative efforts culminated in the three organizations signing a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) in October 2010.

In the wake of the 2010 MoU, the IEC-ILAC-IAF Steering Committee was formed to explore the possibilities for further harmonization of the three organizations' assessments and related activities. The Steering Committee is chaired by ILAC Chairman Peter Unger.

In 2012, the high level of confidence established between them led the IEC CA Systems and the members of ILAC and IAF to expand the scope of the first tripartite MoU to include initial assessments and surveillance (the first agreement was limited to joint re-assessments

…and other international organizations

IECEE continues to collaborate with international organizations such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) or the World Trade Organization (WTO) and regularly participates, directly or is represented by one of the IEC Regional Centres, in a significant number of conferences, workshops and seminars organized by these bodies. The list is by no means exhaustive but shows that IECEE is a respected and important player on the international scene.


The IEC Regional Centres for Asia-Pacific (IEC-APRC) and Latin America (IEC-LARC) organized IECEE-ACAS events in their region – ACAS stands for Affiliate Conformity Assessment Status.

The Latin America IECEE-ACAS seminar took place in Paraguay on 1-2 October 2014. Taking regional interests into account, the event focused on Conformity Assessment in safety and Energy Efficiency for household and other equipment. IECEE was represented by IEC-LARC Regional Director Amaury Santos, who also gave presentations on IEC involvement in Smart Grids and on renewable energies, with emphasis on IECRE, the IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Renewable Energy Applications.

The Asia-Pacific seminar, organized by IEC-APRC, was held in Singapore on 8 June 2015. The broad theme was Conformity Assessment and Trade, focusing on understanding and benefiting from the IECEE CB Scheme. Apart from introducing the IEC CA Systems and IECEE in particular, there were presentations on the experience of regulators in Malaysia and Singapore in using the IECEE CB Scheme and on what to look out for when reviewing a test certificate.

For more information on IECEE: www.iecee.org

Wolfgang Niedziella, Chair IECEE Wolfgang Niedziella will take over as IECEE Chairman on 1 January 2016
electric motor IECEE has finalized a Global Motor Energy Efficiency (GMEE) programme in response to the needs of manufacturers
cybersecurity key IECEE recognizes that the cybersecurity issue is of vital importance to industry