Building strong relations with industry

IEC President Dr Junji Nomura addresses Council

By Antoinette Price

Manufacturing continues to expand its geographic reach. Electrical and electronic goods now represent 17,7% of global trade and more companies than ever need to be able to collaborate and participate in the value chains that span the globe. IEC work uniquely enables this type of cooperation. Industry is a high priority for IEC, since most experts participating in our work come from it.

IEC President Junji Nomura addressing Council in Frankfurt IEC President Junji Nomura during his address to Council in Frankfurt, Germany

With the end of Junji Nomura’s presidency in sight, in his address to Council, he praised IEC Officers, membership and Central Office for working hard towards the visions he formulated at the start of his mandate in 2012. He also reiterated, in the following points, why the IEC must continue to strive towards them.

Industry is still the priority

While the IEC needs to broaden its stakeholders to include regulators, academia and other interest groups, building sustainable relationships and delivering the Standards and conformity assessment services to industry remains the core. To do this, IEC must listen closely to the marketplace and seek feedback from many industry players. Equally, active participation in the IEC is of key strategic importance to companies and economies. During his presidency, Nomura participated in numerous global strategic CEO meetings, workshops and events to drive this message home to industry leaders, regulators and governments.

Enabling innovation

The speed of innovation has accelerated to the point where no company can do everything alone anymore; collaboration has become more important than ever. In order for innovators to choose IEC for all their standardization and certification needs, IEC must continuously pay attention to new technology areas.

Showing how IEC contributes to societal challenges

IEC contributions are not limited to the inner workings of technology. The impact of its work addresses many global challenges, such as universal energy access, sustainable urbanization, energy efficiency and disaster mitigation and recovery. Additionally, IEC International Standards and conformity assessment services are important for 12 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). IEC has been familiarizing larger audiences about the broader implications of its work through events, meetings, as well as White Papers and other promotional materials.

Combining expertise

In a future where broad societal challenges require integrated technology solutions, no single standards organization will be able to deliver all the required standards. IEC is actively reaching out to many consortia and fora, as well as national, regional and international standards organizations, to optimize outcomes, and reduce waste and cost for stakeholders.

There is a lot of talk about the smart world we live in. Everything smart is underpinned by electricity and electronics, which allow smart devices and systems to interact, collect data and communicate, all of which depends on IEC work.

This year, the IEC organized the World Smart City Forum, in partnership with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in July in Singapore. Participants included all major standards organizations – ISO, ITU, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC), as well as observers from around 70 countries.

Establishing structures and tools for the future of the IEC

The IEC continues to optimize how it operates. In the near future, a modern, digital platform will be available for experts to make it much easier for them to participate in IEC work. IEC has successfully put in place a new governance structure for its Conformity Assessment Systems. Finally, the new Masterplan being prepared will help the IEC to focus on the most important and urgent topics of the coming years. Nomura concluded by saying that he is “confident that the IEC is well prepared to face the challenges that lie ahead”.

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IEC President Junji Nomura addressing Council in Frankfurt IEC President Junji Nomura during his address to Council in Frankfurt, Germany
UN Sustainable Development Goals IEC International Standards and conformity assessment services are important for 12 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
World Smart City Forum logo The IEC organized the World Smart City Forum, in partnership with ISO and ITU, in July 2016 in Singapore