Kazakhstan joins IECEE

Taking a key step towards enhancing regional and international trade

By Claire Marchand

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. The total number of countries participating in IECEE is now 55.

Valery Koreshkov, EEC Minister for Technical Regulation, and Hiromichi Fujisawa, IEC Vice President and Chairman CAB (Conformity Assessment Board)

The national member body representing Kazakhstan within IECEE is the Committee of Technical Regulation and Metrology of the Kazakh Ministry of Industry and New Technologies.

Benefits for Kazakhstan and for EEC

Kazakhstan’s membership of IECEE now puts it on a par with its partners in the EEC (Eurasian Economic Commission), a three-member Customs Union whose other members are the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation.

This crucial move by Kazakhstan was the immediate result of negotiations held between the IEC and the EEC in Moscow, Russian Federation, in late September. IECEE membership provides Kazakhstan and its EEC partners with a strong platform for enhancing competitiveness. IECEE proof of compliance and certification will be highly beneficial to all three economies in facilitating the import of electrical and electronic goods as well as the export of products manufactured in the region.

Quality and safety for all

Today, every aspect of technology is extremely complex, from its production to its consumption. IECEE membership will provide EEC consumers, producers and trade partners with the quality assurance they need. It will ensure that products and equipment sold in the EEC, whether imported or manufactured locally, will meet the highest safety, reliability and performance requirements.

IECEE membership will also help reduce key barriers to trade – such as cost and time – by removing the significant delays and expense involved in multiple testing and approval procedures. Moreover, it will allow EEC industry to increase product and market competitiveness and diversification, so helping it to gain or maintain global market access.

IECEE facilitates access to market

A CB Test Certificate is a global passport that allows products to be accepted in all IECEE member countries. It is so well known that it receives global acceptance, even in countries that are not part of the IECEE community. “One test, one international certificate” opens the doors to the global market.

CB Scheme

The IECEE CB Scheme provides the assurance that tested and certified products meet the strictest levels of safety, reliability and performance in compliance with the relevant IEC International Standards. It helps reduce costs and time to market, eliminates duplicate or multiple testing and offers a high level of confidence for manufacturers, retailers and consumers alike.


The CB-FCS (Full Certification Scheme) for Mutual Recognition of Conformity Assessment Certificates for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components is an extension of the IECEE CB Scheme in that it also includes factory audits and inspections. It goes far beyond product testing and includes a complete quality system and surveillance methods at the factory that manufactures a certified product. This is interesting for manufacturers who need to provide proof that products manufactured in a given factory offer a consistent level of quality over time.

DSCN9946 Valery Koreshkov, EEC Minister for Technical Regulation, and Hiromichi Fujisawa, IEC Vice President and Chairman CAB (Conformity Assessment Board)
DSCN9931 Valery Koreshkov and Pierre de Ruvo, IECEE Executive Secretary
DSCN9956 The IEC and EEC delegations participating in the Moscow meeting in late September