Expanding trade opportunities for Euro-Asian countries

IEC and EASC sign renewed Cooperation Agreement

By Janice Blondeau

The IEC and EASC (the Euro-Asian Council for Standardization, Metrology and Certification) recently renewed their Cooperation Agreement, which will help to expand trade opportunities for EASC countries.

The IEC EASC Cooperation Agreement will help expand trade opportunities
The IEC EASC Cooperation Agreement will help expand trade opportunities

Broad access to world markets

This Cooperation Agreement aims to enable the commercial exchange between and beyond EASC member countries. Market harmonization based on IEC International Standards will allow EASC countries to limit dependencies and to buy electrotechnical products and systems that are able to work with each other from millions of suppliers anywhere in the world.

When countries and companies can reach global markets, trade increases and market growth and development are stimulated. Only globally relevant IEC International Standards provide broad access to the world. National or regional standards do not.

International Standards = global benefits

This new Cooperation Agreement enables and encourages EASC members to give absolute preference to International Standards over any regional or national standards, simply because they are the only ones to be able to offer such global benefits.

Many national or regional standards are only fully relevant in their own geographic area, no matter how big that is. For example in Europe, despite the fact that nearly 80% of standards are built on or even identical to IEC International Standards, it is the national and regional differences that limit global market access, trade and choice in terms of suppliers.

Active participation is key

Adopting existing International Standards for national use is good. However, it is even better for a country or region if it can influence the content of those Standards through active participation because this increases their relevance and stimulates broader use.

Less duplication of effort

The Agreement also aims to avoid duplication of efforts by ensuring that technical reviews of standard content takes place at the international level. EASC member bodies (including non-IEC members) will become more informed about IEC activities and are encouraged to participate at the international level in IEC standardization and conformity assessment work.

This Cooperation Agreement is a revision of the IEC/EASC Agreement dated 11 November 1998.

About the EASC

The Euro-Asian Council for Standardization, Metrology and Certification, which is headquartered in Belarus, was created in 1992 to coordinate the works of its members – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine – in the field of standardization, metrology and certification and to define the main directions of interstate standardization.
 More than 230 interstate technical committees for standardization were created under the Council.

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The IEC EASC Cooperation Agreement will help expand trade opportunities The IEC EASC Cooperation Agreement will help expand trade opportunities
Aleksei Abramov, representing EASC, and Frans Vreeswijk, IEC, sign the renewed Cooperation Agreement Aleksei Abramov, representing EASC, and Frans Vreeswijk, IEC, sign the renewed Cooperation Agreement
IEC International Standards and Conformity Assessment systems remove technical barriers to trade between countries and regions IEC International Standards and Conformity Assessment systems remove technical barriers to trade between countries and regions