Korea assumes Chair of PASC
The annual PASC meeting was chaired by Kwang-hyun Seo, Administrator of KATS (Korean Agency for Technology and Standards) at the Ministry of Knowledge Economy. PASC counts 23 country members from the Asia-Pacific region, 17 of which are IEC Full Members, 2 are Associate Members and 4 are Affiliates. Joe Bhatia, President and CEO of ANSI (American National Standards Institute) was appointed Vice Chair of PASC.
Sustainability through standards
The theme of PASC 35 was the implementation of environmental sustainability standards. Several presentations provided members with insights into IEC work in these areas.
IEC CB (Council Board) member, Dr. Junji Nomura, gave a presentation on renewable energy and the Smart Grid; China provided an overview on IEC PC (Project Committee) 118 on Smart Grid User Interface, and Korea, which holds the secretariat of the newly founded IEC TC (Technical Committee) 119: Printed Electronics, outlined how this TC can contribute to making better and safer use of resources.
IEC-APRC – 10th Anniversary
IEC Immediate Past President Jacques Régis, provided insights into IEC work and progress in the Masterplan implementation. He congratulated IEC-APRC on its 10th Anniversary and encouraged PASC members to tap into this resource and provide feedback on how it could even better meet their needs. Malaysia took the opportunity to compliment IEC-APRC on the year-round training by the centre. The centre supports all IEC NCs (National Committees) in the Asia-Pacific region as well as more than 50 TCs and SCs (Subcommittees).
New Affiliate Country Programme leadership
Régis also mentioned the 10th Anniversary of the IEC Affiliate Country Programme and presented the new leader, Phuntsho Wangdi. Five countries in the region participate in the programme.
Active participation: the key to achieving full benefits
Régis strongly emphasized the importance of active participation to get a real advantage from IEC work: “Industry must be able to participate actively to gain influence in the standardization process. This can only be achieved through competent representation of their interests by IEC NCs.” He made the point that representing national interests requires more than voting and that it implies sending participating experts to the IEC working groups and projects teams. He informed the audience on processes that are being developed by the SMB (Standardization Management Board) with the aim to increase effective participation of P-members in TCs and SCs.
Update on IEC standardization and conformity assessment work
Régis mentioned the foundation of 3 new TCs and new SGs (Strategy Groups) for mobility and assisted living and the universal labelling programme on electric energy efficiency and global efficient-motor labelling programme which are underway.
Prioritizing and guiding future standardization work
In view of the strong interest in energy efficiency and sustainability in the region, Régis provided insights into the strategy behind IEC White Papers. He took as an example the White Paper on “Electrical Energy Storage”, which was developed in cooperation with Fraunhofer Institute and several international experts and launched at the GM (General Meeting) in Melbourne, Australia. White Papers aim to prioritize and guide future standardization work and provide important recommendations on research and regulation. Storage, for example, is crucial because of the increasing need to add renewable energies, but, until now, a comprehensive overview of technologies and needs was missing. Several further IEC White Papers on other topics are currently being developed.
In this context, Régis mentioned the work that is being undertaken in SMB and CAB (Conformity Assessment Board) to put in place a systems approach. He also talked about the technology watch that was initiated by the MSB (Market Strategy Board) that will help the IEC identify where the next standardization needs arise. Furthermore, he outlined efforts that are being undertaken to increase awareness of IEC work among industry, regulators and academia.
At the end of his talk, Régis formally introduced Frans Vreeswijk who will become the next General Secretary and CEO in October 2012.