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International Electrotechnical Commission (IECEE)

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Introduction to IECEE

    IECEE is an IEC electrical equipment and component conformity assessment system, a multilateral certification system based on IEC international standards. Its members use the principle of mutual recognition (reciprocal acceptance) of test results to obtain certification or approval from countries around the world.

    The IECEE program covers the safety, quality, efficiency and overall performance of components, equipment and equipment in homes, offices, workshops, and health facilities. In summary, IECEE covers 23 categories of electrical and electronic equipment and testing services.


IECEE history

    The predecessor of IECEE (International Electrotechnical Commission for Electrical Equipment and Component Conformity Assessment System) was a regional standardization organization established in Europe in 1926, the European Electrical Equipment Qualification Certification Committee (CEE), which is responsible for the development of electrical equipment safety and experimental procedures. In 1948, CEE and IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) signed a formal cooperation agreement, stipulating that IEC as an international agency is responsible for drafting international standards; CEE as a regional agency, mainly drafting safety standards. In 1979, the new CEE regulations removed regional restrictions, and countries outside Europe could also join CEE, directly adopt IEC standards as certification standards, and coordinate the certification system among member states. In 1985, CEE was officially incorporated into the IEC, called IECEE. Under the authority of the IEC, it carried out work to promote the regional mutual recognition system already implemented in Europe to the world.

    With the development of international trade, the increase in the conformity assessment links covered by the IECEE organization was approved by the Certification Management Committee and was renamed in 2006 as the “International Electrotechnical Commission's Electrical Equipment and Component Conformity Assessment System Organization”.


IECEE organizational structure

    The CB system is managed by the Certification Management Committee (CMC), which reports to the IEC's Conformity Assessment Board (CAB). The CAB is responsible for approving CMC's recommendations for changing CB system rules, appointments of officials, financial and IECEE policies. The role of CMC is to operate, develop and promote the CB system in accordance with the rules of the CB system, decide whether to accept, reject or suspend membership, and decide whether new product categories or new standards are included in the CB system.

   CMC members are representatives of member countries (NMB), including NCB representatives, CMC senior management (chair, vice-chair, secretary and treasurer), test laboratory committee (CTL) chairman and secretary, IEC advisory committee such as ACOS representative Representative of the Security Advisory Board and IEC Secretary General.

   The Test Labs Committee (CTL) is a technical committee of the IECEE and the largest forum for technical experts. Represents 127 CBTLs in 39 countries. The committee is responsible for testing procedures, interpretation of technical regulations, test conditions, test equipment, and, if necessary, comparison tests. Its main goal is to increase confidence and consistency at the technical level to promote mutual recognition of test results among member states of the CB system.


The main role of IECEE

   The CB system is a global mutual recognition system for electrical products established by IECEE. So far, 55 certification bodies and their more than 130 CB laboratories in 49 countries have participated in this mutual recognition system. The member countries participating in the CB system include all major exporters of Chinese mechanical and electrical products: the United States, Japan, South Korea, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Australia, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Singapore, Canada and so on. When an enterprise applies for a CB test certificate obtained from a certification body of any of the member states and applies for certification from another country, it can be exempt from the repetitive test and be recognized by the certification bodies of other member states, thereby obtaining the entry into the country's market. Pass the card.

   Therefore, the CB system can reduce the time lag and cost increase caused by repeated testing and certification to reduce the trade barriers caused by various different authentication rules, so that enterprises can launch new ones at a faster speed and at a lower cost. The products help companies to enter the international market more conveniently and quickly. In order to promote international trade, IECEE is striving to achieve the goal of “one product, one standard, one test, one conformity assessment, and global travel”.

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