While all management meetings looked back on what the IEC achieved in the 12 months since the New Delhi GM, in essence the future of the Commission was at the centre of all decisions and discussions. The systems approach is ineluctable, both in standardization and in conformity assessment. Under the umbrella of SMB (Standardization Management Board) SEGs (Systems Evaluation Groups) and SyCs (Systems Committees) are operational in several areas, such as Smart Energy and AAL (Active Assisted Living). Discussions on CA (Conformity Assessment) governance, initiated by CAB (Conformity Assessment Board) are moving forward and key for the future of IEC CA activities and how they are managed.
Of note is the Council Open Session, which this year focused on “Integration towards a Smarter World – Co-existence and Sustainability”. It was a major success with hundreds of participants, proof that the topic is a high priority for most economies around the world.
The holiday season is approaching fast. For some, it is time to catch a musical or a Hollywood blockbuster; others will go to a sports arena to see their favourite team play a game or two. Whether in a theatre, concert hall or stadium, IEC International Standards are essential to the show. Lighting, sound, screens couldn’t work with them.