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IEC Standards and Conformity Assessment Systems enable sustainable solutions that promote economic development and global trade

International organizations, including the United Nations and the WTO, endorse IEC International Standards and Conformity Assessment Systems

The IEC is one of the three leading international standardization organizations and works closely with ISO and ITU



The United Nations, through UNECE, recommends IEC Standards and Conformity Assessment Systems in the areas of cybersecurity and equipment used in explosive environments.

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The TBT Agreement recognizes the important contribution of international standards and conformity assessment to improving the efficiency of production and international trade.

The IEC has developed close ties with a large number of international organizations, both UN and non-UN.



The IEC has also developed close ties with the IMF, EBRD, World Bank, UNDP and WHO.

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Is a high-level collaboration between the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission), ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and ITU (International Telecommunication Union).

The three organizations preserve their common interests in strengthening and advancing the voluntary consensus-based International Standards system.


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The WTO complimented the IEC on the Affiliate Country Programme which was launched in 2001 to provide a tool which allows developing countries to participate in international standardization and conformity assessment activities, without the financial burden of membership. In this context, the IEC regularly updates WTO delegates about its activities during WTO TBT Committee meetings.

IEC reports to WTO TBT Committee

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IEC Report to WTO TBT Committee – October 2020

IEC activities in least developed, developing and newly industrializing countries

May - September 2020

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IEC Report to WTO TBT Committee - May 2020

IEC activities in developing and industrializing countries

January - April 2020

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