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Iraq becomes IEC’s 75th member

10 March 2009

Global standardisation took a welcomed step forward last week when Iraq became the 75th member of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) – the organisation that prepares and publishes International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies and that manages global conformity assessment systems.

Global body for International Standards welcomes Iraq as member
Global body for International Standards welcomes Iraq as member

The Republic joins as full member and will be able to participate in all IEC standardisation activities, including the right to vote on all technical and management matters.

The Iraqi Electrotechnical Committee of the IEC was formed within the Central Organisation for Standardisation and Quality Control (COSQC) -- an independent government agency, established in 1979. COSQC acts as a consultant on quality control and standardisation issues for government ministries and state-owned enterprises, and maintains relationships with international standards organisations.
Membership also gives access to the world's leading electrotechnical standards in fields as diverse as the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity through to industrial automation, healthcare, transport, and multimedia.

Iraq has a population of 28,2 million and estimated electricity production of 33,53 billion kWh. Its main industries are petroleum, chemicals, textiles, leather, construction materials, food processing, fertilizer, and metal fabrication/processing.

With Iraq joining the IEC, the total number of countries in the organisation now stands at 158 – 75 Members and 83 Affiliate countries. Member countries together represent more than 95% of the world’s population.

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