International Electrotechnical Commission
Standards New Zealand works with leading international standards organisations in the adoption, development and revision of standards used worldwide.
We facilitate the access to committees for those interested in getting involved.
About the International Electrotechnical Commission and National Committee
The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is a world leading organisation with a global network of 20,000 experts from 174 countries. It has published over 10,000 international standards specialising in electrical, electronic and related technologies.
IEC International Standards represent a global consensus of state-of-the art know-how and expertise. They incorporate the needs of many stakeholders in every participating country. They also form the basis for testing and certification. Every member country, and all its stakeholders represented through the IEC National Committee, has one vote and a say in what goes into an IEC international standard.
New Zealand represented by the National Committee
The IEC National Committee of New Zealand (NCNZ) is the sole official representative to the IEC. It serves as the focal point for New Zealand companies and organisations interested in the development and use of globally-relevant standards for electrical and electronic devices and systems and corresponding testing and certification.
The NCNZ represents all of the country’s needs in electrotechnology in the IEC and defends IEC interests in New Zealand. Its aim is to encourage the effective participation of all relevant national organisations, including industry, government, research facilities and academia in the development of IEC international standards to facilitate global trade for the benefit of New Zealand. The NCNZ also provides the framework to national industry, regulators and other institutions to advocate for New Zealand interests in international standard setting in electrotechnology, conformity assessment and related matters.
Standards New Zealand supports the National Committee of New Zealand
Standards New Zealand is the operational arm of the New Zealand Standards Executive (NZSE) and provides support to the NCNZ under the provisions of a Terms of Reference (ToR). Since the NCNZ acts as an independent advisory committee without managerial or operational resources of its own, Standards New Zealand provides secretariat services and will carry out such managerial and operational work as agreed between the NCNZ and the NZSE.
Membership of the National Committee of New Zealand
The NCNZ encourages representation of all interests in New Zealand in the fields of electrotechnical standardisation, including conformity assessment. Being fully representative allows the NCNZ to be sure that all national aspects have been considered when the NCNZ participates in the IEC's work.
The membership of the NCNZ will consist of a President, Secretary, and members. The Secretary is a non-voting member, responsible for ensuring the coordination of the NCNZ’s members, the NCNZ's work and its interaction with the IEC Central Office.
The members represent stakeholders with interests within the various fields of electrotechnology in New Zealand. The NCNZ has a minimum of seven members and a maximum of twelve members.
If you are interested in joining the NCNZ, complete this form:
Participate in standards development
There are many IEC standards available through Standards New Zealand’s online library and we post vacancies for development committees.
For more information about IEC standards email the IEC admin team.
IEC’s Basecamp section of their website provides information, briefing papers, presentations, multimedia tools, and much more. The Market Strategy Board (MSB) was set up by the IEC to identify the principal technological trends and market needs in the IEC fields of activity. The MSB publishes recommendations – white papers – in a form that differs from International Standards. This link will take you to the published white papers.