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International standards take a step closer

01 October 2008

The IEEE and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) have agreed to extend their existing cooperation agreement, which describes a procedure for submitting and approving existing IEEE standards to IEC. Future co-operation will permit joint, parallel development of a project in both organisations leading to an IEC/IEEE International Standard.

The agreement is an addendum to the original IEC-IEEE Dual Logo Agreement, signed in October 2002. It establishes procedures for IEC and IEEE to jointly develop standards, the process of which includes consulting to establish the need for new standards projects, initiating a joint development project, preparing and circulating draft standards, and voting to approve those standards. It also includes processes for maintenance of approved standards to keep them up to date, as well as details on publication, copyright and sales.

“We are extremely pleased to extend our agreement with IEC,” said Terry deCourcelle, Director, IEEE-SA
Governance & International Standards Programs. “This new procedure will allow both IEEE working groups and IEC Technical Committees to jointly develop standards in the same field while sharing information and development from all parties. This type of international cooperation is critical for the development of future standards that will be accepted by the worldwide technical community.”

“We are reducing the resource burden on industry by rationalizing the work of the experts participating in the standards development process.” said Aharon Amit, General Secretary & CEO of IEC.

The IEEE Standards Association is a globally recognised standards-setting body, which develops consensus standards through an open process that brings diverse parts of industry together. These standards set specifications and procedures based on current scientific and technological consensus. The first standard completed under the IEC/IEEE dual logo agreement was published in May 2004.

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