This is especially true for electrical and electronic products. When integrating components from every possible origin into their products, manufacturers need to make sure they have the ability to operate together seamlessly, reliably and safely.
This is where the IEC International Standards and Conformity Assessment Systems play a major role. Many IEC TCs (Technical Committees) develop Standards for components, assemblies, and installations; they also cover other aspects such as terminology, dependability, safety and so forth. They ensure that all manufacturers and suppliers speak the same language when it comes to technology.
In addition, the IEC CA Systems, based on IEC International Standards, provide independent testing and certification to ensure the safety, reliability and performance of products and systems.