The IEC philosophy
The main philosophy of the IEC is to serve the user: the experts who develop standards; people who work in conformity assessment; and the IEC National Committees. The IEC offers them simple, common platforms that are robust, safe and reliable. With these platforms it becomes easy to disseminate documents and facilitate group discussions while controlling access rights.
Today, more than 30 000 people have access to the collaboration tools created by the IEC. They are used in IEC technical committees and working groups, national mirror committees in many member countries as well as by IEC partner organizations. This provides experts with a single tool for all of their national, regional and international activities.
An example of efficiency
In an effort to increase the efficiency of existing IT tools for all IEC Members, the IT Department updated the IEC voting system in March 2013. At the same time, it launched a further customized voting system requested by CENELEC (European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization).
CENELEC is responsible for standardization in electrotechnology in Europe. Under the Dresden Agreement many IEC International Standards are adopted by CENELEC and implemented nationally by their Members. Today, about 80% of European Standards are identical to or based on IEC Standards. During the development process many experts participate in CENELEC and the IEC. The standards that are voted on by the two organizations are often the same.
The new voting system, similar to the one that was built for the IEC, will help facilitate the activities of IEC and CENELEC members.
Tools which are easy to use
“About two years ago we launched the idea to better integrate our [CENELEC] system with the IEC. Our strategy is to align ourselves with the IEC for our IT tools, which supporting the collaborative process where many common users are involved,” said Renée Vander Cammen, the Director of Electronic Data Processing.
A continued collaborative environment
With this updated tool the voting process for members has now been simplified. It saves them time and eliminates much of the duplication that existed in the past. Vander Cammen explained that the user can now directly vote at the CENELEC and IEC sites without having to login and shift between two different voting platforms. This makes the voting process more efficient for them. Additionally, the tool automatically compiles comments and generates voting results, something that was only partially automated in the past.
Apart from collaborations with CENELEC, the IEC’s IT Department has also worked with a number of National Committees, as well as COPANT (Pan American Standard Commission), AFSEC (African Electrotechnical Standardization Commission), and CIE (International Commission on Illumination) to facilitate the work of their experts.