The positive impact of speaking up

New IEC tool is a success

By Antoinette Price

For the first time in International Electrotechnical standardization, an innovative platform, IEC Public Commenting, is allowing people the opportunity to have a direct impact on the Standards used in their industry.

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Public commenting gives anyone with pertinent knowledge the chance to shape the International Standards used in their field

In September this year, the IEC launched a public commenting platform, which has had a great response. “In just under two months, more than 50 people have signed up and commented on our Standards. The feedback from a number of our National Committees (NCs) has been very positive, and the German NC is particularly pleased to promote it”, said IEC Community Manager Jan-Henrik Tiedemann.

How does it work?

As soon as a new Committee Draft for Vote (CDV) Draft Standard has been published, it is publicly available for a two months commenting period. Anyone wishing to can preview Draft IEC Standards and comment on them at the CDV or last stage at which technical comments can be considered as input into the final IEC International Standard.

All comments are forwarded to the National Committee of the country that the person commenting lives in. They are then reviewed and may be put forward as national input for the final IEC International Standard.

Anyone, anywhere can participate

The beauty of this tool is that anyone, anywhere can create an online account and comment on any of the Draft IEC Standards which have reached the CDV stage. It effectively broadens the scope of expertise contributing to the preparation of International Standards and gives anyone with pertinent knowledge the chance to shape the International Standards used in their field.

Find out more at: www.iec.ch/comment/

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