Issue 25 – March 2011
The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)'s Immediate Past President Jacques Régis, addressed over 65 electronics leaders from 22 countries during the World Electronics Forum (WEF) in January 2011 in the USA. Régis underlined the importance of international Standards for innovation and global trade in electronics. WEF was hosted by Consumer Electronics Association and took place in parallel to Consumer Electronics Show (CES)® in Las Vegas.
In his presentation, Régis outlined how globally relevant specifications and metrics, combined with consistent conformity assessment, allow electronics manufacturers to reach many more markets, including major development markets, faster and at lesser cost.
He explained how the IEC was founded in 1906 to stimulate the development of the electrical industry through common terminology, metrics, and symbols. Today, most of the 164 countries that participate in the World Trade Organization rely on IEC international Standards as the basis for their technical laws and regulations. He concluded that CEOs should have more than a passing interest in international Standards as these increasingly dictate access to global markets and allow them to build products that are accepted worldwide.
Delegates learnt that any company can provide comments on any IEC international Standard provided they are scientifically or technically sound comments. They also heard that any company, however big or small, may participate in IEC standardisation through its National Committee.
Following the breakfast session, delegates toured the international CES show floor to experience the innovative products on display from over 2700 global technology companies.
Founded in 1995, WEF is an informal gathering of CEOs and directors from global electronics associations that meet annually to discuss major topics of interest to the worldwide electronics industry. Key topics discussed during the 2011 WEF included environmentally sustainable technology practices, social responsibility, and free trade policies.
The 2012 World Electronics Forum will take place in the Philippines in 2012 and will be hosted by the Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines Inc.
For more information about the World Electronics Forum, visit www.WEFonline.org.
Summarised from IEC e-tech January/February 2011.