A leader in its field

IECEE is a truly international partner for the electrical and electronic industry

By Claire Marchand

The number of CB Certificates issued by members of the IECEE (IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components) keeps increasing each year (more than 80 000 in 2013). Add to that the successful and fruitful collaboration with international organizations, the outreach to developing countries and the introduction of new services and product categories and you have confirmation that IECEE is THE global certification system for electrical and electronic products.

Kerry McManama became IECEE Executive Secretary and COO on 1 January 2014
Kerry McManama became IECEE Executive Secretary and COO on 1 January 2014

A new Executive Secretary and COO

On 1 January 2014, Kerry McManama took over from Pierre de Ruvo as Executive Secretary and Chief Operating Officer.

McManama, a US citizen, has been involved in CA (Conformity Assessment) for many years. Before joining IECEE, McManama worked for UL (Underwriters Laboratories), an international certification body, where he served as Global General Manager of the Hazardous Locations (Ex) business and, most recently, as Director of Ex Programmes.

McManama’s involvement with the IEC CA Systems began in 1998 when he attended the annual meeting of IECEx (IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres) in Paris, France, as an observer. Upon his return to the USA, he helped set up the US Member Body of IECEx and served as its Chairman for two terms. McManama subsequently became Chairman of IECEx ExTAG (Test and Assessment Group) for one and a half terms before being elected Chairman of IECEx for two terms.

McManama has also participated in a number of IEC Working Groups and Maintenance Teams and was the Secretary of IEC SC (Subcommittee) 31H: Apparatus for use in the presence of ignitable dust (disbanded). McManama was awarded the Thomas A. Edison Award in 2012 and received the IEC 1906 Award in 2007. Both recognize exceptional achievement and contribution to IEC work on the part of the recipient.

Investigating certification for Smart Grids...

IECEE has been testing and certifying electric and electronic equipment for many years. It focuses on product safety and, when the Standards require it, it also provides services that help to ensure efficient performance. In response to industry demand, IECEE has started work on the Smart Grid.

The IECEE PSC (Policy and Strategy Committee) WG (Working Group) 2A on Smart Grid was created in 2011 to explore the potential and practicality of conformity assessment applications in the fields of the smart home, smart building and smart industry (factory).

When the WG was created, it started out by leveraging the work of the IEC and others around the world on Smart Grid. That included SG (Strategic Group) 3 on Smart Grid, which first became SEG (Systems Evaluation Group) 2 and more recently was transformed into SyC (Systems Committee) Smart Energy. The WG analyzed the IEC Smart Grid Standardization Roadmap, created by SEG 2, and identified the Standards that could be included in the IECEE System.

In 2009, SG 3 held its first meeting; since then it has provided strategic guidance to all IEC Technical Committees involved in Smart Grid related standardization work. The SyC keeps abreast of the latest developments and technologies and provides recommendations regarding future requirements.

...and cybersecurity

More often than not, the aim of a cyberattack isn’t the complete shutdown of a target’s network, but rather a surreptitious intrusion into the network. This may have dire consequences, causing serious damage to a system and potentially endangering the lives of those operating installations.

Understanding the cyber environment, protecting industrial control and automation systems, identifying cyberthreats and possibly anticipating future development are at stake here. Minimizing exposure to cyber risks is the challenge that industry has to tackle. Among the tools at its disposal are standardization and conformity assessment.

Recognizing that the topic is of vital importance to industry, IECEE asked its special WG on Industrial Automation to set up a Task Force to consider the cybersecurity issues and the potential services the System could offer to tackle them. Apart from cybersecurity the WG also has the responsibility to deal with functional safety.

At its annual meeting in June 2014, the IECEE CMC (Certification Management Committee) approved the development of a business plan and supported the recommendation to continue discussions with other organizations, such as ISA (The International Society of Automation) andWIB (Process Automation Users' Association) to evaluate potential cooperation.

Risk management in MEE

The IECEE MEE (Medical Electrical Equipment) Task Force meets once a year and, at the end of 2013, finalized the Guidance for the Evaluation of Risk Management in Medical Electrical Equipment, which will become an IEC Guide. This document helps to provide a uniform approach for Certification Body Testing Laboratories and manufacturers alike on how to assess and document compliance with the relevant clauses in the IEC 60601 series of International Standards on medical electrical equipment as they relate to ISO 14971Medical devices - Application of risk management to medical devices.

International cooperation

IECEE continues to collaborate with international organizations such as ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation), COPANT (Pan American Standards Commission), UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) or WTO (World Trade Organization) and regularly participates, directly or represented by one of the IEC Regional Centres, in a significant number of conferences, workshops and seminars organized by these bodies. The list is by no means exhaustive but shows that IECEE is a respected and important player on the international scene.

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Kerry McManama became IECEE Executive Secretary and COO on 1 January 2014 Kerry McManama became IECEE Executive Secretary and COO on 1 January 2014
An IECEE Working Group explores the potential and practicality of conformity assessment applications in the fields of the smart home, smart building and smart industry (factory) An IECEE Working Group explores the potential and practicality of conformity assessment applications in the fields of the smart home, smart building and smart industry (factory)
An IECEE Working Group explores the potential and practicality of conformity assessment applications in the fields of the smart home, smart building and smart industry (factory) An IECEE Working Group explores the potential and practicality of conformity assessment applications in the fields of the smart home, smart building and smart industry (factory)