Derek Johns sixth term as Chair of IEC Technical Committee 61

Issue 32 – October 2011

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Standardization Management Board recently appointed Derek Johns for a sixth term as Chair of IEC Technical Committee (TC) 61. Derek is one of the longest serving IEC committee Chairs and the only New Zealand Chair of an IEC committee.

IEC TC 61, Safety of household and similar electrical appliances, develops Standards that are used in many countries to show compliance with the specific country legal requirements for the safety of electrical equipment. This committee is one of the largest and most active IEC committees.

Derek is an electrical consultant and provides advice to electrical equipment manufacturers and suppliers. He has been actively involved in standardisation work for the electrical appliance industry for the past 37 years, and has held many positions at both regional and international levels. His outstanding contribution to standardisation is well recognised in New Zealand and internationally – he won a Standards New Zealand Meritorious Service Award in 2000 and an IEC Lord Kelvin Award in 2007.

'Derek brings decisiveness, clarity, and a consensus building approach to Standards development,' says John Kelly, Senior Manager – Electrical, at Standards New Zealand. 'Derek has exceptional electrical engineering knowledge and also knowledge of the requirements of the regulatory regime, and he is an active supporter of Standards New Zealand in technical and procedural matters.'

In addition to Chairing IEC TC 61, Derek is also involved in other committees as follows:

  • Secretary of IEC TC 61 Subcommittee (SC) 61 H, Safety of electrically operated farm appliances. This SC is responsible for five farm related Standards including the Standards for electric fence energisers.
  • Chair of the joint AS/NZS EL-002 committee, Safety of household and similar electrical appliances. EL-002 won the Standards New Zealand 'Outstanding Committee of the Year Award' in 2009. EL-002 is known as an extremely effective and efficient committee and manages a large number of important consumer safety Standards. Derek was the first New Zealander to chair a joint Australian/New Zealand Standards committee
  • Chair of QR-012, Conformance marking to regulatory requirements. QR-012 is a joint AS/NZS committee that coordinates and manages the rules for a compliance/conformance marking scheme for electrical and other products, taking into account the requirements of the regulatory authorities
  • Chair of EL-036, In-service safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment. EL-036 manages AS/NZS 3760 In-service safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment, AS/NZS 5761 In-service safety inspection and testing – Second-hand electrical equipment prior to sale, AS/NZS 5762 In-service safety inspection and testing – Repaired electrical equipment, and AS/NZS 4701 Requirements for domestic electrical appliances and equipment for reconditioning or parts recycling
  • Chair of EL-021, Installation of electric fences. EL-021 manages AS/NZS 3014 Electrical installations – Electric fences and AS/NZS 3016 Electrical installations – Electric security fences
  • Chair of the Electrical Appliance Electrotechnical Coordinating Committee (AECC). AECC provides advice to Standards New Zealand from industry and all interested parties on what electrical appliance Standards are required in New Zealand
  • Chair of P6100, Electrical installations – Floor and ceiling heating systems
  • Derek is also a member of the New Zealand Electrotechnical Standardisation Committee and the New Zealand National Committee of the IEC.

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